An Olive Branch Approach To Family Law

Specific Changes May Merit Modifying Custody And Support Orders

Last updated on October 28, 2022

Change is inevitable. No matter how well you try to anticipate issues that may change after your divorce, you will not be able to think of everything. A divorce decree can be modified to reflect changes in your or your ex-spouse’s situation.

It is often difficult to change the child custody arrangement. However, circumstances such as substance abuse, relocation, mental instability, a serious medical condition or other factors may give the court sufficient pause to consider a custody modification.

If there has been a significant change in your life, your ex-spouse’s or your children’s, call The Law Offices of Michael N. Kalil to discuss the possibility of modifying your child custody agreement. If the child custody arrangement gets modified, this would also affect the child support arrangement. Michael has extensive experience handling child support modifications and aims to minimize the possibilities of any surprises.

Michael also represents clients who have experienced a significant change in their economic situation or when their former spouse’s financial situation has changed significantly. If you recently lost your job or your ex-spouse was recently promoted, you may be able to modify your spousal support arrangement. In order for spousal support to be modified, either side would have to prove the change was unforeseen or unforeseeable.

Child Custody Modifications In New York

In order to modify child custody arrangements, you need to prove that the change would be in your children’s best interests. This can be highly complicated. Parents often have conflicting views over what would be in the children’s best interests. Generally, the courts try to protect children from disruption as much as possible. Some modifications are necessary, based on a variety of situations such as:

  • Job relocation
  • Job loss
  • Cut in wages
  • Health concerns of a parent
  • Chemical dependency concerns
  • Incarceration

Are You Seeking A Post-Judgment Modification?

Michael is sensitive to the needs and well-being of children caught in the middle of a custody dispute. He will aim to help you reach resolutions outside of trial through mediation or collaborative law.

No one knows children better than their parents. Alternative dispute resolution can help parents work amicably to reach common ground in an effort to protect their children’s best interests. Michael can also work with your child’s counselor or therapist to better understand a solution that would be most beneficial for your child. However, he is fully prepared to fight, when necessary, in the courtroom to ensure your child’s best interests are protected.

Contact A Skilled Modification And Enforcement Lawyer

Drawing from years of comprehensive experience, Michael knows how to effectively handle child custody modifications. He can help you anticipate the opposing side and will take swift action to enforce custody arrangements when one party fails to follow the agreements.

Call 315-235-1012 to reach The Law Offices of Michael N. Kalil in Utica, New York. If you prefer, you may send an email to make arrangements for a free initial consultation.