If circumstances have significantly changed for you or the other party from the time of the original custody or support order, the order may be modified by filing a post-Judgment motion. A support modification action may be appropriate under the following circumstances:
- – You are earning less income.
- – You lost your job.
- – You are about to retire or have retired.
- – The other party’s income has increased.
- – The other party is cohabitating.
- – Your timeshare with your child(ren) has gone up
- – You have one or more new children, not including step-children.
Please be aware that a court order is required to modify support. The court will not uphold a verbal agreement, exposing you to liability for back support as well as interest when your ex-spouse reneges on the verbal agreement.
A custody modification action may be appropriate for the following reasons:
- – A child’s preference to modify the custody arrangement.
- – A parent seeks to move away with the child(ren)
- – A child is doing poorly, having emotional or substance abuse issues, due to actions by the other parent.
- – A change in a parent’s availability to visit with the child(ren) due to work schedule change or moving closer to the other parent.