Revising the Original Agreement
Here is a common scenario that impacts the parenting schedule: At the time of divorce the parents agree to a certain schedule for the children to spend time with both parents. Years later, the kids are older, perhaps one of the parents has remarried, and the circumstances have changed to such a significant degree that the schedule is no longer workable or in the best interest of the children.
Another common scenario that might necessitate a change in child support: A parent agrees to pay a specific amount of support but later a sudden change in income, employment or assets makes it impossible for him or her to continue that support.
Child custody, child support, and other family law judgments are not necessarily written in stone. When unforeseen conditions arise that materially and substantially alter the situation, it can become necessary to revisit and revise the original agreement.
Modifications to Your Legal Family Plans
Some factors you cannot control. Your children’s needs change as they grow. Your job situation could change. Or, someone in your family could fall ill, forcing you and your family to relocate in order to receive the best possible medical care.
These are all valid and common reasons why your current child custody, child support or spousal agreement may no longer work for your family’s needs. If that is the case, the existing family law order might need to be revised. Our family lawyers are ready to help you take the proper steps necessary to modify the existing order in order to meet the changing needs of your family.
Enforcement of Your Legal Family Plans
While life happens and your family’s circumstances can and do change, you and the other parent are required to follow court orders regarding child custody and child or spousal support unless modified by the court. The enforcement of court orders is necessary when someone fails to meet the guidelines outlined by the court order. The most common violations are a parent failing to pay child support (or failing to pay the correct amount), refusing to follow the court-ordered parenting plan (possession schedule), and relocating the child outside a specified geographical area.
These matters frequently escalate quickly and your legal rights can be negatively impacted before you are aware of what your rights are, so it is critically important for you to consult with an attorney sooner rather than later.
Contact a Child Custody Attorney
What do you do if you feel that present conditions justify the modification of a past family law judgment? Your first step should be to talk to an experienced child custody attorney who is well-versed in this complex area of law. Many of our attorneys have over 20 years of family law litigation experience. Additionally, three of our attorneys are former family law judges. With such robust experience, the family law attorneys of GoransonBain are ideally positioned to assess the merits of your case and assist you in achieving your goals.
Call our office to schedule a consultation today. We can answer your questions and help you make informed decisions that are in your family’s best interest. To conveniently serve you, we have office locations throughout Texas in Dallas, Plano, and Austin.