Help With Child Support And Custody Modifications
Family situations are changing often and rapidly now more than ever. This is true following a divorce or the end of a non-marital relationship in which the parties became parents. As children grow, changes occur that may require modifications to an original child custody or child support agreement. These changes should be approved by the court, even if they seem minor.
At Kalinoski Law Offices P.C. in Scranton, we have a thorough knowledge of the procedure and circumstances that must be shown to amend a court order. We can help you present or defend against an alleged change of circumstances in a request to modify child support or child custody.
Common reasons that a parent may seek modifications to child support or child custody agreement include:
- The need to move further away due to a new job or remarriage
- Extended unemployment or a significant increase or decrease in income
- If the custodial parent inherits money, gets a large raise or otherwise has an increased ability to support the children
- Extended illness or injury
- Conditions such as alcohol or drug abuse that create a dangerous environment for children
- A change in the child’s educational or medical needs
When a Modification to Child Custody Agreements is Necessary
A change in custody is just as important to the life of the child as the original court order, so all parties are afforded the same type of hearing as they received when the case was originally heard. In custody and visitation matters, the court will consider what is in the best interests of the child.
If a parent relocates out of state, child custody and visitation orders may be modified. The court may reduce the amount of child support payments to make up for the cost of transportation for child visits, or change the visitation schedule from alternate weekends to longer visits during school breaks and in the summer.
Why Verbal Modifications Don’t Stand Up in Court
You and your ex may be on good terms. But just because you trust one another doesn’t mean you should make changes to your child support or custody plans over the phone.
When things happen like losing your job and no longer being able to afford full support payments, you and your ex may come up with a way you can still support your child while getting back on your feet. But if you don’t get legal documentation on what’s expected of you once you can make full payments, your former spouse may take you to court to reap back support.
Emotions and time change the interpretation of verbal agreements. That’s why you need legal guidance every step of the way.
Hiring an experienced Scranton divorce modification lawyer is the smartest way to protect your interests and your child’s interests. We can answer your questions and provide a straightforward assessment of your family law case during a free initial consultation. Call (570) 207-4000 or use our contact form to schedule an appointment.