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Considering Relocating? Discuss This With A Lawyer First

The only constant in life is change. A custody or support order that made sense at the time it was issued may no longer work. Children's needs change, parents relocate for new jobs and people get remarried. Child support, spousal support, custody and visitation can all be modified to meet changing circumstances.

Even if you and your child's other parent have a verbal agreement to change any of these, it is important to file for a modification from the court. The existing court order remains in effect until a new order is issued. Failure to obtain a new order leaves you susceptible to the other party reverting to the original order.

Modifications In West Georgia Area

My name is Kierston M. Phillips, and I am a Carrollton family law attorney who assists individuals with parental relocation, modifications and all other family law matters. I work with clients throughout West Georgia, including residents of Carroll and Coweta counties. I help individuals seek a modification or approval to relocate, or challenge such a request.

Child custody and visitation can be changed if it is in the best interest of the child. It cannot be changed based solely on a parent's circumstances. When a child turns 14, he or she may express a desire to live with either parent. The court will take the child's wishes into consideration, but any change must still be in the child's best interest.

When Can Child Support Be Modified?

A parent may request an increase or decrease in child support if there is a significant change in circumstances. These may include:

  • The needs of the child increase
  • Either parent becomes unemployed for an extended period
  • Either parent has an illness or becomes disabled to the point where it impacts personal income
  • The noncustodial parent receives a significant wage increase
  • A modification to child custody impacts how many days and nights the child spends with either parent

Once child support is modified, it cannot be modified again for two years following the date of the last modification except when unemployment results in a decrease in gross monthly income of 25 percent or more. It should also be noted that the court may award attorney's fees and other costs of modifying or litigating a request to modify custody or support to either party.

When Can Alimony Be Modified?

Georgia law states that permanent spousal support may be modified if there is a significant change in income or financial status of either spouse. This may include extended unemployment or a significant increase or decrease in income. Alimony can be terminated if the receiving spouse remarries or enters into a relationship in which the parties cohabitate.

Whether you seek a custody modification or child support modification, or you want to defend against a petition for modification, it is important to reach a knowledgeable lawyer as soon as possible. Call 678-664-4360 or use my online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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