Modification to Child Support, Child Custody & Alimony
Change Custody and Support Orders Without Going to Court
One thing that we can be certain of in life is that nothing is certain. Life constantly changes and evolves, and so does your family situation. Because people change jobs, sell their homes, and move, and children grow and change, several agreements made during a divorce are modifiable.
Modifications to child support and child custody often require legal guidance or advice from an attorney. Collaborative lawyers and professionals work with their clients to modify child support awards and child custody arrangements without traditional court processes and litigation. Obtain legal advice from law professionals with many years of experience in Pennsylvania’s child custody and child support guidelines.
Contact the Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania to learn how to connect with a knowledgeable child custody or child support lawyer and a neutral financial specialist in Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester Counties, Philadelphia, or one of the surrounding areas.
Child Support and Custody Arrangements that Meet Your Children’s Needs
Spare you and your children the expense and emotional stress of litigation. By choosing the Collaborative Process, the parties and their Collaborative Lawyers can work together in a timely and cost-efficient manner to find a support amount and custody arrangement that addresses the children’s needs and preserves the parental relationship. When you find it necessary to make modifications to child support payments or custody and parenting schedules, you can elect to work with an interdisciplinary team of collaborative professionals. You and the other parent may each have a Collaborative Lawyer, one neutral Child Specialist, and a neutral Financial Specialist. Working together as a Team, you will develop an arrangement that meets your children’s needs and considers what is best for them. Find an attorney, financial advisor, or mental health specialist with expertise in child support and custody modifications, and schedule a confidential consultation today.
Child support is modifiable if there is a substantial and continuing change in a parent’s financial circumstances – perhaps one parent was laid off from a job, or another received a promotion and an increase in pay. Traditionally, a parent seeking a modification of a child support order would have to petition the court and show a change in circumstances. In most counties, this involves a multi-step process that can become quite expensive and take months or years to complete. If one parent is self-employed, it may be necessary to obtain and review specific financial documents that are not volunteered, resulting in time-consuming and costly discovery processes.
Custodial arrangements are always modifiable if the change is in the best interests of the children. If you have already participated in the Collaborative Process, you have probably developed a co-parenting plan with the help of a Child Specialist. As children grow and develop, it may be necessary to make changes to the plan. By continuing in the Collaborative Process, you will be able to make the necessary changes to benefit your children without subjecting them to the unpleasantness of the courtroom.
Modifications to an Alimony Order
Alimony is modifiable only if the parties’ marital settlement agreement or court order allows for modification. Even if you did not use the Collaborative Process for your divorce, you can always use the process to resolve a permissible modification of the alimony amount or duration. By choosing the Collaborative Process, you will have a voice and find a solution that is satisfying for you and your former spouse. Our Collaborative lawyers work with individuals in the Philadelphia area including Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Chester County. Find a member of the Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania and schedule a consultation today.
Divorce Advice From a Financial Specialist
David Anderson,, CPA, CFE, CVA, a collaborative business valuation expert, provides a wealth of information and tells you what you need to know about alimony payments and recent tax changes