A modification action in the State of Georgia is a lawsuit where one party seeks to modify a current custody or child support order. In a modification of custody action, one must show that there has been 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 is 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, the child desiring to live with the other parent, etc.
In a child support modification, the moving 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 has 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. 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.
Attorney Alfred can assist you whether you are seeking or defending a custody or child support modification action in Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow, Clayton, Douglas, Floyd, Newton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Polk, Carroll or Henry county. Give us a call today at 404-494-0027 so that we can assist you in analyzing your case to determine your options or whether a modification is warranted in the first place.