When you divorced, you and your ex-spouse may have agreed on key points like child support, spousal support, and custody. But what if your situation has changed? A divorce modifications lawyer helps you to adjust the terms to fit with the capabilities of both ex-spouses.
Maybe you’ve had to take a lower-paying job and can’t afford to pay as much support. These strains on your budget can affect many areas of your life as you try to meet your responsibilities. Maybe you are moving out of state and need to change your custody arrangement.
Whatever your needs or circumstances, our skilled family law team will speak for you. Contact us today to schedule a case review with an experienced North Carolina family lawyer to discuss post-divorce modifications.
There are a variety of scenarios that may lead you to seek modifications to your agreements or orders in North Carolina. We are prepared to assess your situation and help you seek a more appropriate arrangement with your ex-spouse.
Call our legal team if:
North Carolina family law courts will always treat the child’s best interest as the primary consideration when deciding on any modifications in child custody or visitation orders. Any request to modify custody must rely on a substantial change in circumstances that didn’t exist, or that you weren’t aware of, at the time the court issued your initial custody order.
For example, you may seek custody modification if:
Child support payments in North Carolina depend on both parents’ incomes and the time the child spends in each parent’s home. Typically, the parent with whom the child primarily lives will receive child support payments from their co-parent.
When asking a North Carolina family law court to modify a child support order, you must prove a substantial change in your circumstances, such as:
Our experienced family lawyers at Speaks Law Firm, PC Family Law Division can help you and your ex-spouse work out a mutually acceptable new custody or support plan. Contact us today to schedule a case review.
In North Carolina, you may request spousal support modifications whether you are on the paying or receiving side. A family law court may approve a petition for alimony modification under various circumstances, such as the following:
Contact our divorce modifications legal team today to schedule a case review.
Have you run into difficulties with your child support payments, alimony payments, or your custody arrangement? Are you unable to meet your financial obligations because of changed circumstances? Do you struggle because the child support payments you receive don’t cover your children’s current needs?
At Speaks Law Firm, PC Family Law Division, we can help you petition for modifications in and around Wilmington, NC. Contact us to schedule a case review today.
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Below are some frequently asked questions about Modifications:
Agreements made during a divorce such as alimony (spousal support) or child support payments may require updating over time.
Whether you’re seeking a modification to an alimony or child support agreement, the court will require that something significant has changed in order to grant the modification. Acceptable reasons for a post-divorce agreement modification by the court include:
Remember that child support is not for the benefit of the receiving parent but for the child. The court is extremely strict about what modifications you can make to your child support agreement and when you can make modifications. Our Wilmington family law attorneys can review your case to advise you, but generally, North Carolina will only allow modifications to child support when:
If you pay child support, you may qualify for a reduction in your payment amount if you lose your job, experience financial hardship, become disabled, or go to jail. For example, if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for disability, you will likely qualify for a reduction in your child support responsibility.
A divorce modifications lawyer with Speaks Law Firm, PC Family Law Division can help you compare your current situation to your reported income and other factors when the court established your alimony or child support payments. This post-divorce agreement modifications lawyer can help you file the correct petitions with the court to request a modification. Call us at Speaks Law Firm, PC Family Law Division at (910) 769-7339 in Wilmington, NC, to schedule a case review.
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