Handling Child Support and Child Custody Modifications
Existing child custody, parenting time and child support orders can be modified to meet your changing circumstances and to ensure that the best interests of your children are protected. At the Law Offices of Irwin D. Tubman, LLC, in Hudson and Middlesex Counties, we have extensive experience guiding clients through the modification process.
Whatever change you face, we will represent you with the aim of protecting your rights, your children’s best interests and your family relationships. We can also represent you if your spouse had refused to comply with an existing child support, custody or parenting time order.
Parenting Time and Custody Modifications
There must be a substantial change in circumstances since the time of your last order before the court will allow a modification to child custody or parenting time arrangements. The following are examples of times when a modification may be granted:
- A parent remarrying
- A parent or child abusing drugs or alcohol
- A child living with an unfit parent
- A child having new/different needs or schedule
- A change in a parent’s job schedule
- A change in a parent’s health
- Conflict between a child and a parent
Attorney Irwin D. Tubman will assist you in filing the necessary motions and proving to the court that there is a real need to modify your existing orders. This can be done even after a Divorce is final and an agreement has been signed, in appropriate situations.
Modifications in Child Support
Child support can be modified when your financial circumstances change. The following are examples of times when child support may be recalculated:
- A parent loses his or her job
- A parent gets a new job
- A parent has another child
- A parent’s income increases or decreases significantly
Lawyer Irwin D. Tubman will evaluate your situation, and if a need for change is indicated he will take the necessary action to obtain a modification.
Under New Jersey law, the parent with primary physical custody of the children must obtain permission from the court to relocate out of the area in the event the other parent protests the potential move. The court will then hold a removal hearing and consider a variety of factors in making its decision on whether the relocation is permissible. If the relocation is granted, the court will require the parents to create an amended custody arrangement or impose one upon them. If you want to relocate with your child, or if you want to contest relocation, it is essential you obtain legal advice from an experienced attorney.