When you get divorced, a number of important decisions will be made. These decisions may be made through various methods. Some spouses get divorced through a New York court, whereas others may settle their agreements outside of the court, through mediation, arbitration, or a collaborative divorce. Regardless, the matters of your divorce will have been carefully discussed and calculated to meet the needs of both spouses and any children involved. But, there are many cases in which these agreements may need to be changed down the line. This is known as a post-judgment modification. Read on to learn more about post-judgment modifications in New York.
What Issues Can be Modified?
A number of different issues can be modified through a New York court. Some of the most commonly modified issues 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?
When a couple gets divorced in New York, various matters will be carefully determined. But, life changes in unexpected ways, and these arrangements may no longer work. Some reasons you may request a post-judgment 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
Modifying your child support, child custody, or alimony agreement may be difficult. For this reason, you will want to retain the help of an experienced divorce attorney. Our firm is here to walk you through all of your family law matters. Do not hesitate to reach out to speak with a dedicated attorney if you have any questions regarding post-judgment modifications.
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