Modifying Custody And Support Orders In California

Under certain circumstances, it is possible to have court orders modified after a final divorce decree. While matters of property and debt division cannot be modified by the court, child custody, child support and spousal support may be altered if the court approves.

At Mansouri Law Offices, we have extensive experience in these matters, and we have successfully prepared compelling arguments on behalf of clients seeking modifications, as well as clients who sought to prevent a modification.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your goals with a Certified Family Law Specialist and accomplished trial lawyer, contact our offices in Beverly Hills today. We represent clients throughout Los Angeles.

What Circumstances Will The Court Consider?

With any type of post-judgment modification, the party seeking a modification will have to show that there has been a significant change in circumstances that justifies the requested change. With a move-away or any other matter involving children, it will also be necessary to show that the modification is in the child's best interests.

Regarding financial matters, the court may consider such factors as an unexpected drop in income, an increase in income, or the increased costs of raising a child. The court will take into account not only the needs of each party, but also the ability of the contributing party to pay.

Modifications of child support or spousal support may result in the payment amount being increased or decreased.

Issues warranting changes to custody and visitation may include logistical matters affecting the ability of each parent to engage in active parenting, or there may be questions as to an individual's fitness as a parent, such as with substance abuse issues or any instances of child abuse or neglect.

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