Representing Georgia Clients With Their Modification Court Cases
Georgia courts can only judge on matters with the facts in front of them. They cannot see into the future or take into account a potential change of circumstances. With this in mind, the court is open to requests for modifications. If you can no longer abide by a court’s order, it is important that you follow it until the court issues a modification. Going against the court can subject you to devastating consequences, including being held in contempt and the loss of a license. Contact an attorney first. The Alfred Law Firm works closely with clients who need to request or object a modification to alimony, child custody, or child support. We recognize how significant this is and we will provide effective representation to help you through this difficult time. Contact The Alfred Law Firm to discuss your legal matter.
Modification to alimony
Georgia is open to hear requests for modifications to alimony. Things change and so do people’s financial and domestic situations. Whether you are the payor or payee, you may be wondering what justifies a request for modifying alimony. Some of the reasons a person would request a modification to alimony include:
- Change of income
- Change of dependency
- Voluntary cohabitation with a third party
Modification to child custody
In a modification of custody action, one must show that there are material changes in circumstances substantially affecting the current custody arrangement so that such arrangement is no longer in the child’s best interest. Common changes include, but are not limited to:
- The custodial parent moving or attempting to move too far from the non-custodial parent
- One parent consistently disregarding the parenting plan
- Actions by the custodial parent that pose a danger to the child
- The child’s desire to live with the other parent
Modification to child support
In a child support modification, the requesting party must show that there has been a substantial increase or decrease in the other party’s income or that the needs of the child have changed. For instance, if childcare was factored into the child support worksheet and the child is no longer in daycare, a child support modification may be in order. There are many instances that a request to modify child support is valid. However, it is important that you talk to an attorney before pursuing a modification so that you do not end up paying more due to other factors that you have not considered.
Contact The Alfred Law Firm
If you need to request a modification, it is important to discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as possible. The legal standard for the court to modify an order is quite high. The evidence to support the request must be convincing. For a consultation with an experienced family law and divorce attorney, contact The Alfred Law Firm.