When two people decide to get divorced, they must untangle their lives. This can be a difficult process, especially if there are children involved. For this reason, arrangements like child custody, child support, and spousal support and taken very seriously and calculated to suit the needs of all parties involved. That being said, sometimes changes occur and an arrangement that worked well at one point is no longer feasible. In this case, you may need to request a post-judgment modification. Read on to learn more about post-judgment modifications in New Jersey.
What Arrangements Can be Modified?
The following agreements may be modified in New Jersey:
- Child Custody: If either a parent or child experiences a serious change in their life that calls for a change in the predetermined custody agreement.
- Child Support: If a child support paying parent experiences financial changes, either an increase or decrease in the amount that is owed can be requested.
- Spousal Support: If either party experiences changes in their financial or personal situation, an increase or decrease in the amount that is owed can be requested.
Why Would I Need a Modification?
When a person wants a modification to be made to a settlement agreement, they are required to prove that there is a significant and ongoing change that requires the change to be made. The following are some various reasons that a post-judgment modification may be needed:
- A child reaches the age of emancipation and no longer needs child support
- Financial responsibility must be determined to pay for a child’s college education
- Either party begins living with another person and no longer needs financial support from their former spouse
- If changes in the child’s schedule occur, the situation may call for custody terms, parenting time, and visitation schedules to be adjusted
- If either party receives a promotion, demotion, loses their job, becomes disabled, etc., there may be a need in spousal or child support payment amount
- If either party exposes their child to domestic violence, substance abuse, a serious mental illness, etc., custody agreements may need changing
If you need a post-judgment modification, you should reach out to an experienced family law attorney. It can be difficult to make these modifications because you will have to provide proof that the modification is necessary. Our firm is here to help. Reach out to speak with an experienced family law attorney today.
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