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Modifying Divorce Agreements

It is not surprising when two individuals who have been divorced for some time, feel the need to modify a child support or custody order. Life is full of surprises and constant changes, and therefore modification is an acceptable action to take. A parenting plan may initially seem to work fine, but as circumstances change, change might become necessary. Whether a modification is granted or not depends on the situation and the circumstances that are being addressed. No matter what the circumstance, the child's best interest is still held as the top priority and therefore, the circumstantial change must warrant a proceeding.

Alimony

Life is hardly a constant and it changes over time. After a divorce is finalized and alimony is awarded, it is not uncommon for the circumstances to change for either party; for instance, a job loss or a promotion, an accident or an illness. When such changes are large enough, they may warrant filing a petition to modify or terminate alimony payments. While alimony generally cannot be modified when it is in the form of bridge-the-gap, with the exception of the death of either party or the remarriage of the receiving party, most other forms of alimony can be modified or terminated depending upon the facts of the case.

Child Support

If the supporting party loses their job or experiences a decrease in pay, a child support modification may be required. On the other hand, if the child develops a need that requires an increase in child support, this can also lead to modification. An existing court order may no longer be reasonable and can require a petition of the court. At Charles E. Willmott, P.A., I know how to have a modification agreement accepted, so that your individual and familial needs can be met. If a financial change makes it necessary to increase or decrease support, it is important to discuss your situation with a Jacksonville divorce attorney.

Child Custody

Courts are willing to modify agreements of child custody if significant life changes occur. If it is observed to be in the best interest of the child, modification to earlier court orders can be made. This is a complex situation that can impact the life of your child or children, so hire a Jacksonville divorce lawyer who has handled modification cases for over two decades. If the custodial situation of your child requires change, speak with Charles E. Willmott at your earliest convenience.

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