After a divorce, there may changes in either party’s situation for which there is a need to petition the Court to modify alimony, child custody, or child time sharing orders. The parenting plan may need to change due to a change in a family’s circumstances. Because of the nature of a parent’s relationship with their child(ren), these cases can become complex and contentious. You need legal representation to assess your case and to take the best action to suit your needs and the needs of the child(ren). Proving or disproving a substantial change in circumstance and setting forth the best interests of the child(ren) requires attention to detail and preparation.
At Parker & DuFresne, P.A., modifications are handled with compassion and knowledge. Our attorneys will explain the process, give you honest advice about your case, and represent you, whether you are requesting the modification or you are on the receiving end of a modification request. We can also direct you to appropriate counselors or other treatment providers you may need.Child Support
From time to time, child support amounts may need to change with a family’s circumstances. Job losses, increased daycare costs, a child’s special needs or other changes may require the modification of existing child support. The court must determine whether there has been a substantial change in circumstances, usually a 15% or greater increase or decrease in income of either parent, and that such change will last for at least a year. The best interests of the child are also analyzed.
In Florida, either party can request a modification of existing child support. Such a request is a difficult decision, and it is important that you review the facts of your case carefully with a knowledgeable lawyer.Child Custody and Visitation
As with child support, life can throw you an unexpected change requiring action to safeguard your child. Changes in jobs and work schedules might occur. Sometimes substance abuse or violence becomes a problem for one of the parents. Other times a parent may wish to relocate with the child, severely curtailing one parent’s contact with their child. A parent may become disabled or otherwise unable to care for the child. There may be a need for supervised child time sharing. In these cases, a parent may be forced to file a supplemental petition and request that the court modify custody or visitation.
Parker & DuFresne, P.A. serves clients in Duval, St. Johns, Clay, and Nassau counties. If you are dealing with modification issues, it is imperative that you be pro-active in seeking the legal advice and representation of an experienced Parker & DuFresne, P.A. attorney as soon as possible. Waiting to do so could negatively impact your ability to achieve a positive resolution to the matter. Protect your legal rights by contacting Parker & DuFresne, P. A. at 904.733.7766 or at http://www.jaxlawcenter.com to schedule a free and confidential consultation. At Parker & DuFresne, P.A., our skilled family law attorneys are ready to represent and protect your interests during modification proceedings.