Divorce decrees are not etched in stone. If you have gone through a divorce and your circumstances have changed, you may be able to get the original orders modified to accommodate your current situation. The Georgia divorce attorneys at the Zdrilich Law Group can help you with the modification process to ensure that it's handled smoothly and in a timely manner.
Modifying Child and Spousal Support
Child and spousal support are calculated by taking into account the financial situations of both you and your spouse during the divorce proceedings; however, they are subject to change. The most common reasons for divorce modifications include serious health problems, job loss, or significant decrease in income. In these cases, the court may recommend lowering your support payments to account for your new financial situation.
If you are the custodial parent and your children have experienced a change in their educational or health care needs that requires extra financial support, you may file a modification request to get the child support order increased.
Modifying Child Custody and Visitation
Making modifications to the court's child custody and/or visitation orders requires a significant change in the parents' or children's situations. Potential changes that could affect child custody and visitation include relocating to a new area or working a new job schedule that makes it difficult to visit or care for the children.
If you are requesting custody of your children because the custodial parent has been incarcerated, has addiction/substance abuse problems, or you believe that he or she has abused your children, it may be possible to file an emergency petition in order to expedite the custody modification.
Hiring a Lawyer for Divorce Modifications
Georgia courts place a limit on the number of times a modification of support can be modified, so it is imperative that you contact an attorney to handle your petition and ensure it is filed correctly the first time. The Zdrilich Law Group can help you determine if you're eligible for a divorce modification and file the appropriate paperwork to facilitate the process. For an analysis of your divorce or modification, please complete our online form now.