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After the conclusion of an initial family law case, months or years down the road, individuals may discover that a modification to a support or custody order needs to be made to suit the best interests of the involved parties and their children. This is called post-judgment modification.
For qualified assistance with these types of matters, trust your case to our lawyers at Bailey Smith & Bailey, PC. With over 60 years of combined legal experience, we have dedicated our practice to handling only post-judgment modifications and other family law cases. Below are some of the types of post-judgment modifications that we handle. Contact our office today to discuss these or other modifications further with a member of our legal team.
Alimony/Spousal Support and Child Support Modification
Modifications involving support orders are often highly contested issues. The courts often request documentation that provides insight as to why the standing order should be changed. Child support can be increased or decreased due to substantial changes in parenting time and/or income of the parents. Changes in income of the former spouses also can affect the size and frequency of alimony / spousal support payments.
Out-of-State Child Custody
Many custody modifications stem from one parent's desire to move out of the state, or more than 100 miles from their current location. If the parent is looking to move out of state or more than 100 miles away from the other parent, the modification must be handled through the courts. Relocation issues can be complex and may require documentation of reasons for the move, such as a new job or a new marriage. Our firm can help you gather all of the necessary information that supports your modification request.
Child Custody Affecting Your Relocation Options
The best interests of the child drive court decisions regarding requests for changes in residency. In general, a custodial parent cannot move more than 100 miles away from the non-custodial spouse or out of state without first obtaining court permission.
If the move will jeopardize the relationship of either parent with the child, the court is likely to deny the relocation. When seeking a post-judgment modification involving changes to the child's living arrangements, our firm will take the time to explain and address all of the important issues, including:
- How residency changes impact child custody
- Domicile changes under the "100 mile rule" / Relocation in Michigan
- Remarriages and moves out of state
- Military-related concerns
Whether you should file for a change of custody or simply modify your existing parenting time depends on the specifics of the divorce agreement and your individual relocation needs. Don't put your rights and the best interests of your child at risk. Our attentive lawyers will help you understand your rights and obligations under the law.