It is no secret that life changes following a divorce. Parents may find themselves in situations when they need a change in their child custody arrangement or child support order. Divorced parents should know how they may be able to do that.
When can a post-divorce modification be made?
Post-divorce modifications may be available in certain circumstances. A child support or child custody modification may be possible in circumstances when there has been a significant change in circumstances for either the parents or child. Examples of a significant change in circumstances could be the loss of job, change in income or medical disability.
What should parents seeking a post-divorce modification do?
There are several steps parents seeking a post-divorce modification should take:
- Act promptly – as soon as a parent knows that a post-divorce modification will be needed, they should seek one from the family law court.
- Be prepared to demonstrate a significant change in circumstances – any parent seeking a post-divorce modification, such as a child support modification or child custody modification, should know how to document their change in circumstances.
- Work with the other parent – in some circumstances, the parents may be able to work together on a modification to be approved by the family law court.
- Following existing court orders – parents seeking a post-divorce modification should continue to following any valid child custody arrangement or child support order until the family law court has made a change.
The family law court provides different tools and resources to help families and parents through a variety of challenges they may face before, after and during divorce. For that reason, divorcing parents should be familiar with what those legal resources are.