Seek Court Approval of All Modifications
Negotiating a modification outside of the legal system is not recommended. While you and your ex-spouse may agree at the time to the changes, a document approved by the courts is the only one carrying any weight should future disputes arise.
Modification of child and spousal support is often necessitated due to the loss of a job, where a new job may be secured but at significantly less pay. Not seeking a support modification will only put someone further behind in payments, resulting in serious penalties. Worrying about prior promises or hurt feelings can only do more harm.
At the Law Office of Barbara Graham, LLC, I also help my clients with custody modifications as their children’s needs change or a parent is requesting to move to another state. As with a divorce, the focus is on the best interests of the child. The court will require a significant change — usually a new job — and may only give permission to the spouse if the move leads to a better quality of life for their children.
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