Child Custody & Spousal Support Modifications
Batavia Attorney Negotiating for Child Custody, Child Support & Alimony Order Modifications
It is impossible to predict the future. After your divorce, your child support, spousal support, or child custody needs may change, which will require post-judgement modification. Changes may include:
- Childcare needs
Luckily, a modification may be made if these circumstances prevent you from complying with the original settlement, or if the other party chooses not to obey the agreement. In either case, my law firm will take all legal actions necessary to resolve the issue.
Modification of Child Support
Your original child support order may not be sufficient enough to provide for your children, and you may find that you need more financial support than was originally allotted. If you are receiving child support, you may get more funds if your child’s needs have changed or if your income has decreased. If you are paying child support and became unemployed or have a serious illness, among other scenarios of that nature, you may petition to decrease your child support order.
Since Illinois child support laws are relatively outdated, it may be harder to secure a child support order that lasts up to your child’s adulthood. This is why it’s especially important that you hire me to help you modify your child support order, because I have the legal edge and competence needed to better secure a favorable outcome. You can count on me to do everything in my power to make the process as smooth and efficient for you as possible.
I can help establish your need for a modification order. Call me at (630) 280-3879 to schedule a free consultation!
Modification of Spousal Support
You may need to adjust your alimony orders due to financial and situational changes. The best way to solve this dilemma is to retain my legal counsel to guide you through the necessary steps for adjustment. An alimony modification may be required if you need to:
- Reduce the amount of alimony you pay
- Increase the amount of alimony you receive
- Continue paying/receiving child support if your order is going to end
It is difficult for both parties to know how much they will be able to give or need, therefore it’s essential that you take the correct steps to successfully execute your modification legally by using my respected, personalized counsel. If you are receiving spousal support and engage in a cohabiting or supportive relationship with another person, the amount you receive may be decreased or terminated. Likewise, if you are paying spousal support and the other party engages in a cohabiting or supportive relationship, modification or termination of such alimony may be an option.
The following criteria helps determine if a relationship is “supportive”:
- Evidence of a permanent and supportive relationship
- Length of time you live with another person
- Shared finances or other assets, such as material possessions
- Joint purchases such as material or real estate properties
- The other person supports your children
Modification of Child Custody
A child's custody is determined based on their best interests. If their best interests change, so too may their child custody order. You and your co-parent’s personal lives and situations constantly change due to relocation, health needs, and/or educational goals, to name a few, meaning you may require a change in child custody arrangements. Your child’s preference alone will not be enough to create such modifications.
In Illinois, a modification may be considered under these situations:
- Both parties agree to shift custody
- A dangerous current environment
- A change in circumstances
- At least two years have passed under the original order
Despite the barriers to a child support, spousal support, or child custody modification, I can work to help make it possible. Your child’s and your personal needs are my utmost priority, so I will explore personalized strategies to better suit your goals. Divorce is not just a one-time act, but a life-long situation: Allow me to guide you through your options to help make your life easier.
We can chat one-on-one about your situation. Schedule your appointment with me online or by calling (630) 280-3879!
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