It may have taken a lot of sweat and tears to reach an agreement with your ex-spouse regarding these key issues. After all was said and done, you may not have been satisfied with the arrangement or things might have changed. You could have lost your job or your circumstances may have improved. The good news is that child support, custody, visitation and even spousal maintenance are typically not set in stone. You may be able to modify the original orders.
Below are some of the areas you may be able to modify:
- Child custody: One of the first questions that must be answered when attempting to modify your child custody order is whether something has changed that would make a custody modification preferable. For example, a modification might be based on relocation, child abuse or neglect or substance abuse.
- Child support: Child support orders are often modified, as incomes and job situations fluctuate. A modification could also be based on the child’s needs, medical condition or other pertinent issue. You may be able to modify your child support order by increasing or decreasing the amount paid.
- Visitation: Visitation and parenting time might also be modified. If a parent continues to miss parenting time as outlined in the child custody order or if one parent is standing in the way of this time, a visitation modification could be granted.
- Spousal maintenance: Spousal maintenance, also referred to as alimony, may be raised or lowered depending on the income of the paying spouse.
The idea of modifying an order after a painful divorce might seem like another headache to deal with. At the law firm of Curry, Pearson & Wooten, PLC, we will make the process as stress-free as possible for you. Our Arizona family law attorneys are experienced in handling court modifications and will help you every step of the way.
For more information, contact us by calling 602-258-1000 or toll free at 1-888-9AZLAWCOM (888-929-5292).
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