Our lives are ever-changing. For this reason, there may come a time when your child custody, child support, or spousal support agreements no longer work. In this case, you may need to request a modification. Read on to learn more about post-judgment modifications in New York.
What Family Law Issues Can be Modified?
A number of different issues can be modified through a New York court. The three most commonly modified matters include:
- Child Custody: A modification may be necessary if either a parent’s or child’s life changes and the current custody agreement no longer works.
- Child Support: Either party can request an increase or decrease in payment amounts, depending upon the situation.
- Spousal Maintenance: When a former spouse’s personal or financial life changes, either party can request an increase or decrease in payment amounts.
What Circumstances Might Call For a Modification?
It can be difficult to modify the arrangements of your divorce. This is because these arrangements have been carefully created in order to best suit all parties involved. But, in some cases, a modification is necessary. Some example that may call for a modification include:
- A child reaches the age of emancipation does not need child support anymore
- Financial responsibility must be determined for college education payment
- Either party is living with another person and no longer needs support from their former-spouse
- If the child’s schedule changes, a former spouse may wish to modify custody terms, parenting time, and visitation schedule
- If either party receives a promotion, demotion, loses their job, becomes disabled, etc., the spousal or child support payment amount may need to change
- If either party exposes their child to domestic violence, substance abuse, a serious mental illness, etc., custody agreements may need to change
How do I Request a Modification?
As previously mentioned, it can be difficult to modify your child support, child custody, or alimony agreements. In order to do so, you will have to prove to a New York court that your circumstances have changed in an unexpected and permanent way. This can be difficult to do, so it is best to work with an experienced family law attorney.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding post-judgment modifications in New York, contact our firm today. We are here to advocate for you and your family and walk you through all of your family law matters.
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