Getting a divorce is never a simple, once and done deal, even though our clients sometimes wish it would be that way.
Life changes in the blink of an eye, and with that blink, comes changes that may not have been expected when your divorce was agreed upon. Therefore, divorce agreements often need to be modified to reflect those changes and better serve the best interest of your child(ren).
It’s not uncommon for divorced couples who are co-parenting children to go back and modify their custody agreement, and possibly their child support payments.
There are many reasons why this may need to take place:
- Job location
- Lack of co-parenting at the level agreed upon
- Medical needs (parents or child)
- Financial hardship
- Change in income
- The child desires more time with each parent
- Change in child’s expense needs
- Change in living condition or location of parent’s home
- Death of a parent
Each state has its own guidelines on what precedents could warrant a change, so it’s important to check what applies in your state.
Keep in mind, to succeed in making custody changes, there must be a very significant reason in which to do so. It can’t be because your co-parenting plan is no longer working as you would like it to be.
You will also want to understand how monthly financial child support payments and tax responsibilities will change in the future.
Modifying your custody agreement using the collaborative divorce process can help your family work through the changes in a non-adversarial, litigated manner with the assistance of family mediators.
Our team of experts can help you and your spouse develop a modified custody plan that is agreeable to both parents.
At Peace Talks Mediation Services, our custody mediation and parenting plan mediation services assist divorced, divorcing, and never-married parents in working together to develop a child-centered custody plan and improve your ability to co-parent.
Contact us today for a FREE CONSULT to see how we can help you and your ex work by modifying your custody agreement to meet everyone’s needs.
Note: This information is general in nature and should not be construed as legal/financial/tax advice. You should work with your attorney, financial, or tax professional to determine what will work best for your situation.