Changing Your Custody or Support Order

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If you currently have a child custody order in place, you may have wondered if it is possible to change it. Perhaps your current custody schedule leaves you feeling that you and your child are not able to have a strong relationship, or maybe you feel that the current custody order is creating more tension with your former spouse. Or maybe you have a child support order in place that is leaving you with less money to pay your bills.

Regardless of why you want to change your order, it may be possible for you to do so. This is what you need to know.

Think It Over First

One of the first things you need to consider is whether it is a good idea to change your current custody or support order. For example, will changing the order lead to more fighting with your ex? Will it lead to financial strain? What can it do to improve your relationship with your child?

Know Your State Laws & Regulations

Each state has different laws for determining when you are able to change your custody or support order. Of course, your attorney can inform you of any areas in which you may need to strengthen your case.

For example, some states allow the custody and support order to change when one parent has experienced a sudden or significant change in circumstances. For example, one parent may have lost their job or may have suddenly had their hours reduced.

In another example, the partner receiving the support might suddenly get a job, which means their needs are fewer. In other situations, you might gain more custody time with your child, which means that your ex has the child less often and is therefore qualified to receive less support.

Always Get an Official Order

You may enter a situation in which your ex agrees to a change in support or custody, but you don't go into court. This can be bad for you, as it could lead to you paying back support in the future. Make sure that you always talk to your attorney before you agree to an informal change.

Meet With a Child Custody Lawyer Today

A child custody lawyer can help you determine the steps you need to take to make your case stronger, no matter what your concerns are. Your attorney will also help you determine what kind of evidence you may need. Set up a consultation today to learn more.


30 November 2020

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