When court-ordered custody and/or parenting time needs to be modified, it is vital that you and your ex-spouse take the proper steps to ensure that the process is performed correctly. There are many instances in which an existing custody or parenting time order may need to be changed, including endangerment issues for the child (mentally, emotionally, or physically), relocation of residences, and/or a change in a child’s preferences or needs.
When a party’s financial situation changes, there is often a need for child support modification. These financial changes can be triggered by any number of events, including an increase or decrease in wages, change in health care costs, or the loss of one’s job. When these sorts of changes happen, it is important that the existing child support order be amended accordingly.
Spousal maintenance may need to be modified due to changes in the financial circumstances of either party. Since spousal maintenance is based on both the payor’s ability to pay and the recipient’s need for spousal maintenance, any change in the lifestyles of either party may trigger the need to modify the existing maintenance award.