Child/Spousal Modification

Modifications to Court Orders


It is very common for a family to need modifications to a court order as one or both party’s life circumstances change. Both the party that receives spousal support or child support and the party who pays spousal and/or child support have the ability to petition the court to change the court order as financial circumstances change. For example, if your former spouse gets a new job or begins to cohabitate with a significant other, his or her financial situation may not necessitate the same degree of support from you. Or if you change jobs and earn less money, you may not be able to provide the same support you were able to provide previously. Our team of San Diego family law attorneys can assist with child support and spousal support modifications

Modifications to Child Support, Child Custody, and Spousal Support Agreements

However, following a California family court settlement, the terms of your child support, child custody, visitation and spousal support agreements will remain the same regardless of changes in life circumstances unless you work with an attorney to seek a legal modification challenging the original court order. Our family law attorneys can help you successfully seek a modification so that your court order more accurately reflects your current life and circumstances, which will officially alter the amount of child support or spousal support you are either entitled to receive or need to pay. The post-judgement modifications are critical to ensure that you are either paying or receiving the correct amount of support.

Importance of Working with a Family Law Attorney to Obtain a Legal Court Modification

It is important for you and your family that you work with a San Diego family law attorney to obtain a legal court modification as your life situations change. If you are the person who is providing financial support to your former spouse or domestic partner, you are still obligated to pay court-ordered child support and spousal support even if you lose your job, are deployed overseas, have a significant income reduction, suffer an injury that prevents you from working, or experience other life changes.

Timing Is Critical

If you do not make your payments on time, the State of California can garnish your wages, hold back your tax returns, levy your bank accounts, and even prosecute you if you are unable to make payments. Therefore – timing is critical, and you will want to get in touch with us as soon as your life circumstances change so that we can work with you on modifying the original court order.

Child/Spousal Modification