If you are considering requesting a modification to your existing custody or support order, there are some things you need to know. In many cases, you will need evidence to support your request. This may include documentation of salary changes, schedule changes, and more. Our modifications attorneys at DeTommaso Law Group, LLC share what you should understand when pursuing a modification for your New Jersey court order.
Substantial Change in Circumstances
The first thing you should know is that even to be considered for a modification, there must be a substantial change in circumstances. If there has been no physical or financial change, the court will unlikely hear your request for modification.
Change in Financial Circumstances
A change in financial circumstances is another common reason people seek to modify their child or spousal support orders. If you have lost your job or had a significant decrease in income, you may be able to reduce the amount of child support you pay. Conversely, if the other parent has had a significant increase in income, you may be able to request an increase in child support.
Change in Physical Circumstances
A change in physical circumstances can also be grounds for the modification of a child custody order. If there has been a change in the health of either parent or the child, that could also be considered a change in physical circumstances.
Documentation of the Identified Change
It is important to note that simply because there has been a change in circumstances does not automatically mean that a modification will be granted. When pursuing the modification, you will need to provide evidence of the reason for the modification.
Evidence submitted to the court to support the modification may include:
- A changed work schedule,
- Updated pay stubs demonstrating an increase, decrease, or loss of income,
- A letter from a doctor or therapist documenting a change in health,
- And more.
It is important to have this information ready before you begin the process of seeking a modification so your attorney can use it to support your claim why the modification is necessary for your specific change in circumstances.
When You Need Results, You Need Aggressive Representation
When life’s changes make it nearly impossible to follow your current custody or support order, it is time for a modification. Our modifications attorneys at DeTommaso Law Group, LLC have over 125 years of combined experience helping families seek the best possible outcome for their modifications.
Schedule a consultation with one of our Somerset modifications attorneys today by calling (908) 274-3028. We can help you get the results you deserve.