Divorce courts understand that life happens and the complexity between two ex-spouses does not necessarily stop after divorce. Sometimes modifications need to be made to a divorce settlement. When one or both spouses’ lives have changed substantially, you will likely have grounds to revisit your initial divorce agreement. You will first need to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney who will help walk you through this process. The modifications you request should better reflect the current situation that will better suit you and your ex-spouse. Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to begin this process. If you have any questions regarding the modification process, contact our firm to schedule an initial consultation. Continue reading to discover some of the most commonly asked questions regarding modification post-divorce.
What might require modifications?
Individuals are required to prove to the courts that a change or reason in the individual’s life calls for the modification of their settlement agreement. Some of the most common reasons sited to request post-judgment modifications are as follows:
- If their child is in college and financial responsibility must be determined
- If either party no longer needs support from their former spouse due to cohabitating with another person
- If their child reaches the age of emancipation and no longer needs child support payments
- If the amount that is owed in spousal support or child support may need adjusting because either party receives a promotion, demotion, loses their job, becomes disabled, etc.
- If custody agreements may need to change because either party exposes their child to domestic violence, substance abuse, a serious mental illness, etc.
- If an adjustment may be needed for custody terms, parenting time, and visitation schedule due to the child’s schedule changes
If you can relate to any of the above situations and believe you warrant a modification, reach out to our firm today to begin the modification process.
What can be modified?
The following New Jersey divorce proceedings arrangements can be modified:
- Child Custody: Child custody can be modified if either parent or child experiences change that deems the current custody agreement no longer suitable
- Child Support: If a person’s financial situation changes while owing child support payments, either party may ask for an increase or decrease in the amount they owe.
- Spousal Support: If a person’s financial or personal situation changes, a request for modification in the amount they owe can be made.
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