Despite what people say about your divorce order is "final," it is likely anything but that. When circumstances change, it may be possible to modify the terms of your child custody arrangement or child and spousal support obligations.
Receiving a modification is almost never a sure thing, though, making experienced legal advice necessary. Our lawyers at Miller & Illikainen in Fayetteville, North Carolina, can answer all of your questions about post-decree modifications of custody and support.
Modifying The Terms Of A Divorce Decree
In North Carolina, you must prove that there has been a substantial change of circumstances to warrant a modification. Many people seek modifications of child support, spousal support, and child custody orders because of situations like:
- Receiving a substantial raise or experiencing a job loss
- Suffering from an illness or any type of medical emergency
- Finding a new job that allows more time with the children
- Changing financial or emotional needs of the children
- Relocating out of state and planning to take the children
A parent struggling with abuse of drugs or alcohol or the addition of an abusive partner are other reasons that might support a modification. We can help you collect and present the strong evidence you will need to prove why you deserve a modification or your ex-spouse does not deserve one.
Additionally, we may be able to seek a mediated agreement. We can often help you and your ex-spouse reach an amicable agreement that protects everyone's interests including, most importantly, your children's.
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With nearly 40 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys can give you the help you need. If you wish to schedule a consultation, please reach out to us online.