Here at Lawrence Law, we understand that life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and even the most carefully crafted divorce agreements may need adjustments over time. Our dedicated team of post-divorce modification lawyers is here to help you navigate the process of modifying court orders related to alimony, child support, and child custody. With our extensive knowledge of New Jersey family law and a compassionate approach, we work tirelessly to protect your rights and advocate for your changing needs. Contact a seasoned New Jersey post-divorce modification lawyer from Lawrence Law today so you can tell us more about your situation.
Post-Divorce Modification Lawyer | Helping You Adjust to Unexpected Circumstances
Life changes fast, and in the months or years following a divorce, significant change is almost inevitable. If you’re facing a substantial change in financial, health, or parental circumstances, you may require a modification to your initial divorce agreement. A dedicated New Jersey family lawyer is here to help you get an updated version of your divorce agreement that better reflects your current situation in life.
Alimony Modifications in New Jersey
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is often awarded during divorce proceedings to provide monetary support to a financially dependent spouse. However, after a divorce, life circumstances can change, warranting a modification to these support agreements. Some scenarios that may warrant a modification to an alimony agreement include the following:
- Job Loss or Significant Income Reduction: If you experience an involuntary job loss, a substantial decrease in income, or face unexpected financial hardships, you may be eligible for a modification of your alimony obligations.
- Increase in Income of the Receiving Spouse: If the recipient of alimony experiences a significant increase in their income, whether through employment, inheritance, or other sources, it may justify a reduction or termination of alimony payments.
- Remarriage or Cohabitation: Alimony agreements are often terminated if the spouse receiving alimony remarries or begins cohabitating with a new partner in a marriage-like relationship, such as when one partner helps support the recipient spouse financially.
- Health Issues: If you or your former spouse experiences a significant change in health that affects your ability to earn income or support yourself, it may warrant a modification of the alimony arrangement.
- Retirement: When reaching retirement age, either the paying or receiving spouse may seek modifications to the alimony agreement, considering the change in income and financial needs during retirement.
Child Support Modifications in New Jersey
Child support is crucial for the well-being and upbringing of children after divorce. However, as circumstances change, child support orders may require modifications to ensure that the best interests of the child continue to be met. Some scenarios that may warrant a modification to a child support order are as follows:
- A Change in Income: If there is a substantial change in the income of either parent, such as a job loss, promotion, or pay decrease, it may necessitate a modification of the child support order.
- Medical Expenses: If the child incurs unexpected medical expenses that were not previously considered in the initial child support order, a modification may be appropriate to address these additional financial obligations.
- A Change in Parenting Time: If the parenting time arrangement significantly changes, with one parent assuming more responsibility for the child’s care, a modification to child support may be in order.
- Emancipation of the Child: When a child reaches the age of emancipation or completes their college education, a modification may be sought to terminate or adjust child support accordingly.
Child Custody Modifications in New Jersey
Child custody arrangements are designed to provide stability and a nurturing environment for children after divorce. However, life circumstances may change, requiring modifications to child custody orders. Some situations that may warrant a modification to a child custody order are as follows:
- Relocation: If one parent plans to move a significant distance away or out of state, it may necessitate a modification to the child custody arrangement to ensure that the child’s relationship with both parents is preserved.
- Changes in Parental Fitness: If there are concerns regarding the safety, well-being, or fitness of a parent, it may warrant a modification to the child custody order to protect the best interests of the child. For example, if it is revealed that one parent has a substance abuse issue or has committed an act of domestic violence, it may warrant a modification to their custody agreement.
- Change in Child’s Preference or Needs: As children grow older, their needs may change. If a child expresses a strong desire for a custody modification or experiences significant lifestyle changes, it may warrant a custody modification.
- Parental Alienation: In cases where one parent intentionally undermines the relationship between the child and the other parent, it may warrant a child custody modification to ensure the child’s best interests are protected.
Contact a Post-Divorce Modification Lawyer Today
If you’re looking to modify your initial divorce agreement, our firm is here to help. Contact Lawrence Law today so you can tell us more about your circumstances and so we can get started working on your case.