Child Support Modification Attorneys in Missouri
When you get a divorce or agree to a child custody arrangement, you cannot foresee the changes that life might bring. At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP, we provide caring guidance and knowledgeable counsel in cases involving modifications to existing family law orders. Whether you are seeking a modification or responding to a modification request, we will help you understand your options and find an acceptable solution.
To schedule a free in-office or telephone consultation with one of our St. Louis modifications attorneys, call 314-354-8484 or contact us.
St. Louis and St. Charles Child Support Modification Attorneys
When a parent’s financial situation changes, the current child support order may no longer be appropriate. In order for a court to order a modification to an existing child support arrangement, there must be a substantial and ongoing change in circumstance. Examples of the kinds of events that may result in modification include the following:
- Job loss
- Remarriage of one of the parties
- A windfall, such as winning the lottery
- Special medical needs
- The paying parent incurs another child support obligation
Even if one party is unable to pay, he or she must seek the court’s approval to modify child support. If you fall behind on payments, the courts will not forgive the debt because you had a good reason. You need to seek advice right away to make the necessary adjustment.
In some cases, it may be possible to adjust child custody and child support obligations. If one party, due to a layoff or reduction in hours, is now able to avoid day care expenses by spending more time with a child, the courts may allow a change in the custodial arrangement. The key is to remain focused on your child’s best interest and seek the right solution for your family.
St. Louis Child Custody Modification Attorneys
Parents may seek a change in the custodial arrangement for any number of reasons. If the child is old enough to express a preference for the change, the courts may take that into account. If one parent gets remarried or the living circumstances change, the child may prefer a change. The important thing is to keep in mind what is best for your child. We can help you protect your parental rights by finding an effective solution for your situation.
Spousal Support Modifications
Spousal maintenance may be subject to change when the recipient improves his or her financial outlook or otherwise becomes self-sufficient. Maintenance normally terminates if the recipient gets remarried. A change in financial circumstances of the person paying maintenance may also result in a modification of maintenance. Any change must be justified by the specific circumstances of your case.
Call Us Today to Speak with a St. Louis Modification Attorney
Whether you are seeking a modification to an existing family law order or objecting to a proposed change, it is important to understand that Missouri law gives judges significant discretion in deciding whether to modify orders related to child support, child custody, and spousal support. As a result, it is important for anyone involved in a dispute regarding a family law order to retain an attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer will protect your rights and ensure that your case is resolved as favorably as possible. You can schedule a free in-office or telephone consultation with one of our St. Louis modification lawyers by contacting us or calling 314-354-8484.