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Help for parents with post-divorce modifications

The need for a modification following divorce is not uncommon which is why former spouses should know how to seek a modification when needed. Post-divorce modifications may be available for child support, child custody and other aspects of a divorce settlement agreement.

Child support modification may be made based on a significant change in circumstances of the parent or the child. A significant change in circumstances can include a job loss, change in marital status or relocation. It is important to keep two things in mind when a post-divorce modification is needed. To begin with, any parent who anticipates needing a child support modification or other modification should seek one from the family court as soon as they know it is needed.

Secondly, it is essential to abide by any current child support or child custody order until a modification has been granted. Parents are advised to reach a modification agreement if they are able but must wait until it has been approved by the family law court and the requested modification made. Parents should also be familiar with how to best document their change in circumstances when making a modification request.

Changes that accompany the progression of life following a divorce can be significant for both parents and children as children grow, life changes and time passes. As a result, divorced parents should be familiar with the family law resources to help them with a child support or child custody modification and what to do if a modification is needed.