Life changes quickly, especially within the months and years following a divorce. This change may mean that modification will need to be made to a divorce settlement. You will likely have grounds to revisit your initial divorce agreements if you or your former spouses’ life has changed substantially after your divorce. These modifications should better reflect your current life circumstances. If you are looking to modify your divorce settlement, continue and reach out to our experienced New Jersey divorce attorney.
What can be modified?
The following arrangements can be modified in New Jersey:
- Child Support: An increase or decrease in the amount that either spouse owes can be requested if a person’s financial situation changes.
- Spousal Support: If a person’s financial or persona situation changes, a request for modification in the amount they owe can be made.
- Child Custody: Child custody can be modified if either parent or child experiences a change that deems the current custody agreement no longer suitable.
What reasons for modifications do spouses’ cite?
Spouses will need to prove to the courts that a change in the individual’s life calls for the modification of the settlement agreement. The most common reasons that are cited by spouses include the following:
- Custody agreements may need to change due to their child’s exposure to domestic violence, substance abuse, a serious mental illness, etc.
- Their child’s schedule changes, requiring an adjustment for custody terms, parenting time, and visitation schedule
- Their child is in college and financial responsibility must be determined
- Their child reaches the age of emancipation and no longer needs child support payments
- Either party no longer needs support from their former spouse due to cohabitating with another person
- The amount that is owed in spousal support or child support may need adjusting due to one party receiving a promotion, demotion, becoming disabled, or losing their job.
If you or your spouse meets the above qualifications for a modification of your settlement agreement, it is important that you reach out to our experienced New Jersey divorce attorney who can assist you with the process ahead. To learn more about our firm and how we can assist you, give us a call today to schedule your initial consultation.
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