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Despite the work that goes into creating an original divorce agreement, there might come a time when a change is needed. This is especially true when it comes to arrangements regarding parenting time and child support, as well as spousal support.

Reasons for Modifications

It’s possible to create or request a modification for a variety of reasons, but most occur because one spouse remarries, loses his or her job, or gets an increase in income. These changes might also trigger secondary changes, such as relocation or changes to insurance coverage. Regardless of why the change occurs, a modification to an existing arrangement must be carefully planned and approved by the court

Child Custody and Child Support

Modifications to parental rights are common because family circumstances often change over the years. When court approval is needed for changes to an existing parenting plan, many of the same issues are factored into the decisions, including:

  • Parental preferences
  • Child preference
  • Nature of the relationship between parents and child
  • Current home, school, and community situation
  • Physical and mental health of parents and child
  • Ability of each parent to foster and encourage a healthy relationship between the child and his or her other parent
  • Location of each parent’s home
  • History of abuse

In a modification, the court will also consider whether the current situation endangers the child and how both parents feel about the change to the existing agreement. As always, the child’s best interest is the primary consideration when modifying an agreement.

There are a number of legal considerations regarding modifications to parenting time agreements. This is why it’s important to work with an experienced attorney when the need or desire to change an existing arrangement arises.

The same is true if modifications to a child support arrangement are needed. If you or your child’s other parent has lost a job or had a significant change in income, it’s important to seek the assistance of an experienced attorney for help with creating a new support arrangement. Child support can affect a variety of factors, including living arrangements, insurance coverage, and education, so you must do all you can to ensure your child’s rights are protected.

Spousal Support

Modifications can also be made to a spousal support or maintenance agreement when life circumstances change. Just as the original arrangement might have generated a combative situation, modifications can do the same. Working with an attorney to make changes to a spousal support arrangement, even when those changes are minor, can help you diffuse tension and ensure everything goes smoothly.

For more information or to discuss needed modifications to your parenting time or child or spousal support arrangements, contact The Law Offices of Robert M. Geller at 813-254-5696 or use our online contact form to request information.

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