Family law matters can get emotional and complicated. Whether it is during a divorce, separation or split of unmarried parents, the reality is that it is never easy to determine a custody and child support arrangement. While some parents are able to work together to reach agreeable terms, others find themselves in a long, drawn out battle because they cannot agree. And even when an order is established, parents may find themselves in disagreement with the current order and will seek modification.
Is it easy to modifying child custody and support? In simple terms, this can be a complex process; however, it can be a very necessary step to take in some matters. While it is clear that some parents are motivated to file for modification based on negative emotions and spite, others are doing so because the circumstances surrounding the original order have significantly changed.
Regardless of the cause for modification, the fortunate reality is that this process is fairly straightforward. And in cases where parents have been able to reach agreements outside of court, memorializing them in a modified agreement can be relatively easy.
In cases where there are disagreements of a substantial change in circumstances, these can present some challenge. Because custody is a delicate issue, courts are not eager to change it unless it is in the best interests of the child. This generally means that one parent seeks to relocate, there are concerns with a person one parent cohabitates with, a new job requires long hours or extensive travel or the wellness of a parent has changed.
With regards to support, these can be requested at any time, and are based on changed circumstances. This typically includes changes in income or a change in expenses when it comes to caring for the child. This could result in support decreasing or increasing.
Navigating family law matters can be complex and emotional. Thus, it is important to fully understand your situation and what options you have. This can help you navigate the process the best way possible and ensure the best interests of the child are met.