Post-Divorce Modifications of Custody and Support Orders
Arizona Post-Divorce Modifications Attorney
A dissolution of marriage decree remains in effect as it is written unless it is modified in a subsequent proceeding. Because former spouses and parents often experience changes in their personal lives, it is often necessary to petition the court for a modification of an existing decree of custody order. Parties to custody and support orders often feel overwhelmed as they experience changes in their life circumstances, and do not have their orders modified to reflect such changes. To prevent this, it is up to the parties themselves to make sure the court is aware of their current life situation.
Losing a job, taking a pay-cut, or encountering unforeseen medical expenses are all appropriate reasons to petition the court for modification of a support order. Custody and parenting time orders may also be modified upon a showing of a substantial and continuing change of circumstances. Courts are ordinarily reluctant to modify a custody order unless both parents agree to the change, or one parent becomes incapacitated or abuses the child. Parenting time orders are somewhat easier to modify than legal custody orders, however these changes are also easiest to make if both parents agree to them.
Modifying any custody, parenting time, or support order is always easier with the assistance of a qualified family law attorney. In Arizona, the family law team at JacksonWhite can petition the court for a modification, and provide representation in post-divorce modification hearings. To speak with an Arizona post-divorce modifications attorney in detail about this process, call JacksonWhite at (480) 779-7972. We proudly serve Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and all of Arizona.