A simple fact of life is that as time goes on, things change, and because of this, in the months or years after a divorce, you may realize that your initial divorce agreement no longer reflects your current situation in life. Whether you are looking to modify the terms of your child custody agreement, alimony, or child support, you will need an experienced Morristown post-judgment modification lawyer on your side. Contact Graves Andrews, LLC today to learn more about post-judgment modifications in New Jersey and how our firm can help you.
Do I Need a Morristown Post-Judgment Modification Lawyer?
For a court to grant a post-judgment modification, it must believe that there has been a significant, unforeseen, and continuing change in circumstances, thereby warranting a modification to your initial divorce agreement. This is not always easy, which is why you need an experienced Morristown family law attorney on your side who can work to gather and present all of the evidence needed to prove that you truly require a post-judgment modification.
Modifications to Child Custody
There are a wide array of circumstances that may warrant a modification to a child custody agreement. Just a couple of the most common reasons for child custody modifications include the following:
- The child’s schedule has changed: For example, if your child is now enrolled in a new sport or another extracurricular activity that will continue for a significant period of time, there is a very good chance that you may wish to modify your child custody agreement so both you and your child’s other parent can maintain active roles in your child’s life.
- One parent is parentally unfit: If you believe that the child’s other parent has a substance abuse issue, has exposed your child to domestic violence, or is engaging in a type of parental alienation, you may request a modification to your custody agreement to keep your child safe. On the other hand, if you were denied custody on the basis of a substance abuse problem and you can prove that you sought help or otherwise fixed the problem and are ready to be a part of your child’s life once again, you may also request a modification to your custody agreement.
Modifications to Alimony Agreements
Alimony is another commonly modified divorce-related issue. Some of the most common reasons for modifying alimony agreements are as follows:
- One party was recently promoted or demoted
- One party recently came into a large sum of money, such as through an inheritance
- One parent has remarried or is cohabitating with a new partner
- The federal income tax laws have changed
- One parent lost his or her home
- One parent has developed a costly medical condition
- One parent suffered a serious injury
- One parent’s cost of living has either increased or decreased
Modifications to Child Support
Many of the aforementioned reasons for modifying alimony can also apply to modifying child support agreements, however, some additional reasons for requesting a child support modification are as follows:
- The child has reached the age of emancipation, warranting a termination of child support
- The child has married, warranting a termination of child support
- The child has joined the military, warranting a termination of child support
- The child has become financially independent, warranting a termination of child support
- The child is looking to attend higher education, warranting an extension of child support
- The child has special needs, warranting an extension of child support
Contact a Morristown Post-Judgment Modification Lawyer
No matter the circumstances of your desired modification, it is always best to seek one with the assistance of a knowledgeable Morristown post-judgment modification lawyer on your side. Contact Graves Andrews, LLC today so we can assess your situation and determine the best path forward.