Going through a divorce is never easy, and the process can be even more complicated if children are involved. In many cases, parents must go back to court after the divorce is finalized to change their custody or support arrangements.
This can be a difficult and stressful process, but it is often necessary to ensure that the children’s best interests are taken into account.
Common reasons for post-divorce modifications
Many requests for modifications involve custody arrangements. If there has been a change in circumstances, such as a change in work schedule, or a change in the child’s needs, a modification may be necessary.
Another common reason for returning to court is a change in circumstances regarding child support payments. If one parent loses their job or experiences a significant decrease in income, they may request a reduction in child support payments. Conversely, if the other parent experiences an increase in income, they may be required to pay more. In some cases, child support payments may need to be reviewed due to changes in the child’s needs, such as a medical condition or educational expenses.
In many cases, when one parent wants to move out of state with the children, the other parent will object to the move, citing concerns about the children’s well-being and stability. The court will typically only allow the move if the parent can prove that it is in the children’s best interests. If the court does allow the move, a new agreement will need to reflect the changes in custody and visitation.
Modifications to divorce agreements are not always easy to obtain, but they may be necessary to protect the rights and interests of you and your children. If you are considering seeking a modification, it is vital to have legal representation from someone who can help you navigate the process.