Chelmsford Modification Lawyer
My law firm assists clients with various custody-related and divorce modifications, including:
Child custody and visitation modifications: As children grow older, their lives change, as do their daily routines, desires, and needs. Court orders involving time spent with the children should reflect these changes. We assist families with modifications in order to ensure that all current orders/arrangements reflect the true needs and best interests of the children and the status of the family. Modifications of child custody or visitation may also be warranted in situations where the current arrangement negatively affects the child's physical, mental, emotional, or moral health.
Child support modifications: If there has been a substantial change in income, it may be necessary to request a modification of child support payments. Generally, the courts will view a 20% increase or decrease in income as a substantial change that would warrant modification.
Other divorce modifications: We also handle post-divorce modifications involving alimony/spousal support and any other family court order. Please call us or stop in to schedule a free consultation.
Support Modification Based on Change of Income
Has Your Income Made It Necessary to Change Your Child Support or Child Custody?
The courts know that people's lives and personal fortunes change. As the economy slipped into recession, thousands of people lost their jobs or had to seek employment earning significantly less than their previous wage or salary. If you find it difficult to meet your child support or spousal support obligation because of a change in your income, you are entitled to seek a modification through the courts.
My name is Kevin Broderick, and as a Chelmsford family law attorney for nearly 20 years, I have helped hundreds of clients successfully change the levels of their original support obligations. I know what the judges take into consideration, and I have an in-depth knowledge of case law and successful argumentation.
Factors judges will look while deciding on a modification include:
- Will a reduction or modification of child support cause harm to your child?
- Is your ex-spouse or custodial parent now earning significantly more money?
- Did you voluntarily leave your former employer to take a lower-paying job?
- Is your wage reduction likely to be permanent, or are you facing a temporary setback?
- Did the custodial parent's income increase or decrease?
- Will you be willing to accept a modified parenting schedule if child support is modified?
- Do you have other financial assets available besides your employment earnings?
My Firm Will Also Help You Fight an Unjustified Modification Request
My law firm is ready to help you fight to protect your financial interests. Whether you are seeking to modify your existing support obligation or are fighting the modification petition, I know the effective strategies to build the strongest case possible on your behalf.