Modification of Court Orders
Long Island Modification Lawyers
Sometimes, due to a change in circumstances, you might decide to modify an existing court order, such as a divorce, child custody, child support, and/or spousal maintenance agreement (alimony). When this time comes, it will be in your best interests to work with an experienced lawyer who can help you navigate the steps you need to take.
When Can a Court Order Be Modified?
A large portion of New York divorce proceedings involves obtaining court orders for certain issues, the most important of which include child custody, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), and visitation rights.
Spousal maintenance (alimony) support orders may require modification if there has been a substantial change in circumstances, which can include but is not limited to the following:
- Loss of job
- Debilitating injury
- Significant change in income
Custody and visitation can be modified if there has been a substantial change in circumstances. The modification must be in the child’s best interests. Some examples of a change in circumstances might include but are not limited to:
- One parent relocates
- One parent is deemed unfit to care for the child
- One parent is battling a substance abuse problem
- One parent has a serious medical condition
- One parent has a history of domestic violence
If a case involves domestic violence, a court order modification is necessary as soon as possible. Whatever the situation in your case is, it would be beneficial for you to consult with a lawyer you can trust right away for quality counsel and representation.
Post-divorce modifications occur when one spouse wants to change a prior judgement of divorce. Modifications require a reason or change in circumstance, such as:
- Change in income
- Job loss
- Job-related move
- Substance abuse problem
- Change in child(ren)’s needs
- Change in former spouse’s needs
You will need to work with your attorney and your former spouse to modify your order and wait for the court’s approval after agreeing to new terms. In the event your former spouse refuses, both of you will need to go back to court to settle your differences.
It is important to note that you will need to prove why modifying the order is necessary.
Consult with Our Firm Today
At Samuleson Hause & Samuelson, LLP we constantly strive to ensure our reputation matches up with the professional excellence we believe in. If you need help modifying a court order, set up an initial consultation today to determine your options. We are here to help you every step of the way.