During a divorce, there are a wide array of factors that need to be determined about your future and the future of your family members. When children are involved, the divorce becomes more complicated because a custody arrangement must be made, a child support order is required, and visitation schedules may have to be created. These decisions are made based on the factors that exist in the lives of the parents in children at the time of the divorce. No one knows what the situation may be five or ten years down the road.

New York State understands that circumstances may change and parents may want to revisit an aspect of their parenting plan. To do so, the parent who wants to change something about their parenting plan must request a post-judgment modification from the court. One of the factors that is commonly requested to be modified is child support. New York State calculates child support payments based on a series of guidelines they have established based on the non-custodial parent’s gross income. If that parent loses their job or faces an unforeseen pay-cut, they may request to have their payments modified.

Another common factor that results in a post-judgment modification is when a parent wishes to move out of state with their child and the custody or visitation schedule may have to change. The court will only make changes to the parenting plan if they feel as though it still suits the best interests of the child.

If you want to know how you can modify your existing parenting plan, contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.

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