When you have court orders in place for custody, spousal support, or child support, there may come a time when your circumstances change. If your family or financial situation is different now than it was at the time of your court order, you need to take steps to modify that order as soon as possible. You cannot and should not just stop paying support or change the rules on custody, as doing either without following the proper legal protocols could have serious legal consequences.
A modification attorney can assist you with arguing for, or against, modification of an existing court order. Orlando Family Team has helped many clients in Central Florida to successfully protect their interests and ensure a fair outcome when modifying a custody or support order, and our track record shows our firm is good at these types of cases.
Our firm is actually a husband-and-wife team that was started by Ophelia Bernal-Mora and Andrew Nickolaou to ensure clients had the strongest legal advocates on their side as they address family law issues that shape their future. When you want a compassionate attorney who will fight for you on modifications of custody or support, give us a call to find out how we can help.
How can an Orlando Modification Attorney Help You?
When a court order must be modified, the process of making a change will depend upon many factors, including whether you and your ex agree on the change and the amount of time which has passed since the original order was put in place.
If you and your ex both agree that your current circumstances are different and that support or custody must change as a result, you can jointly petition to modify your court order and the judge should allow the change. It is important to actually take this step, even if you are in agreement, because you don’t want to take a chance on your ex changing his or her mind later. If your ex agrees to let you pay less support but you don’t change the official amount due, you could still be on the hook for back support at a later time even if you didn’t expect to owe.
If there is no agreement on modification of a custody or support order, you’ll have to convince the family court judge there was a material change in circumstances. Typically, courts are more likely to make a change if a long time has passed since the initial court order. This is especially true for custody, as stability is important to children. However, if there is a good reason to make a modification, a change could happen at any time.
Modifications of custody, child support or spousal support could occur due to:
A change in income
A change in financial obligations
A change in either parent’s home situation or caregiving abilities that affects custody
There may also be other situations where modification is allowed by the courts. Ophelia Bernal-Mora and Andrew Nickolaou can review your situation and help you to determine if modification is an option for you.
Contact an Orlando Modification Attorney Today
When your custody or support orders may be modified, you need an aggressive legal advocate to help you fight for what is fair. Orlando Family Team can argue both for and against modifications and we fight aggressively to help clients in Central Florida to get the modifications they need.
To find out more about the ways in which our legal team can help you, give us a call today.
Whether you are currently going through a divorce, fighting for custody or simply have questions about family law, our attorneys are here to help.
Contact the attorneys at Orlando Family Team today for a free, no-obligation consultation.