In many divorces, an agreement is reached or a court order is issued regarding alimony and/or child support. In time, that agreement or court order may need to be changed. A Winston-Salem support modification attorney at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, can help.
Life changes. When you marry, you don’t anticipate getting divorced. And when you divorce, you can’t know how your circumstances will change in just the next few years. Alimony orders, child support arrangements, and parenting plans can quickly become impractical and obsolete.
IN WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES CAN SUPPORT ORDERS BE MODIFIED?
Spousal support and child support amounts can be modified with a court order when there is a substantial change of circumstances in the lives of ex-spouses or their children. Under North Carolina law, a substantial change of circumstances can include but is not necessarily limited to:
- An ex-spouse becomes unemployed, is demoted, or lands a new job.
- An ex-spouse suffers a serious injury that keeps him or her from working.
- An ex-spouse remarries or has a new child with another partner.
- An ex-spouse relocates to another jurisdiction, state, or nation.
- An ex-spouse is jailed, imprisoned, or institutionalized.
- The child being supported turns 18 (or 20 if the child is still in high school).
Who Can Help You Obtain A Support Order Modification?
When life changes after a divorce, an experienced Winston-Salem support modification attorney at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, can help. Our family law team has substantial experience helping clients make changes to their alimony and child support orders.
For example, if you need to modify an alimony order because your ex-spouse is getting remarried, or if you need to modify a child support order because your child is about to turn 18, we can help you petition the court, make the modification, and obtain the court order you need.
What If You Don’t Think A Modification Is Necessary?
You should also know that modifications to court orders are not approved automatically. If your ex has requested the modification of an alimony order or a child support order, and if you do not believe the modification is appropriate, you’ll need our help to challenge a modification request.
An experienced family law attorney at LAWSMITH, the Law Offices of J. Scott Smith, can explain your options and help you make the best decisions for yourself and your children. If you are divorcing, or if you need a support, custody, or visitation order modified, contact us today.
HOW CAN YOU REACH THE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS AT LAWSMITH?
You can schedule a first legal consultation today with a Winston-Salem family law attorney at LAWSMITH by calling 336-306-8644, or you can use the contact form right here on our website. We’ll get back in touch with you without delay.
We’re located at 204 Muirs Chapel Road, Suite 104, in Greensboro, and in Winston-Salem we are located at 250 Executive Park Boulevard, Suite 100. Each family law client at LAWSMITH works directly with a family law attorney and is treated with absolute dignity and respect.
We’re the attorneys that scores of clients in the Winston-Salem or Greensboro area have turned to for help with difficult matters of family law. We can provide the advice and legal services that you and your children need.