Modification of Custody/Support

Modifications to Existing Court Orders for Support and Custody

People often assume that divorce judgments and custody and child support orders are final, and that the court expects them to cover every possible situation until the children are grown. The truth is, situations change and sometimes court orders need to be modified as well.

It is quite common to need a modification of a child support order as children's needs change and parents' financial situations change. Child custody orders and parenting plans may also need to change as the child grows, particularly if one parent leaves the state to pursue a job or be closer to family. Even spousal support orders sometimes require modification. A change of circumstances may be required to be demonstrated to the court.

If your existing child custody, child support or spousal support order is no longer appropriate, contact Nathans Family Law APC for an initial FREE consultation. We can help you bring your case back to family court to seek a modification of your court order.

Family lawyer Michael H. Nathans has been helping families with Los Angeles family law matters for 25 years. Whatever challenges you are facing, he and our legal team can help you negotiate a resolution or take your case back to court to seek a modification of your court order.

Modification to Custody or Visitation
If a change in circumstances has made your existing custody or visitation order unmanageable or unlivable, we can help you renegotiate your parenting plan and bring it back to court. Examples of a change in circumstances that could result in the modification of child custody include a new job, relocation, a child's needs, injury or illness of a parent or a child, or if a parent is deemed unfit to parent.

Modification to Child Support Court Orders
If you are unable to make child support payments due to a change in your income, expenses, or life circumstances — such as job loss, illness or injury, or increased needs of the child — we can help you explain your circumstances to the court. The court may adjust the child support order upward or downward, depending upon the circumstances.

Modification to Spousal Support
Spousal support can also be modified. If you are paying or receiving spousal support and have experienced a significant change in your circumstances, you can request a review and modification of the support.

If your spousal support is modifiable and you wish to change the payments, you must be able to prove there has been a significant material change to your income over time. A significant change in income could include:

  1. Remarriage or cohabitation of the recipient
  2. New expenses on behalf of the child
  3. Job loss or income change
  4. Illness, injury or disability which creates high medical expenses

In order to modify the amount of spousal support you are paying or receiving it is important to seek the help of an experienced Los Angeles family law attorney who can modify the support order.

Modifying child support and/or spousal support can be a difficult process. Los Angeles support attorney Michael Nathans has decades of experience handling support cases and can help you understand and strategize for any legal issue involving child support or spousal support modification. Contact our office today at 323-936-6700 for a free consultation.

Sometimes the Los Angeles Child Support Services Department will, on its own accord, ask the court to modify a child support order. That request may be based on faulty information and present a significant financial burden on the non-custodial parent. We defend parents who are being unfairly targeted for increased child support.

If your child support or spousal support order is too low, or income has changed, we can seek an increase in your support order.

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