Custody, Visitation, and Support Orders Are Never Set in Stone
It may not have seemed like it at the time that the order was created, but no child custody, visitation, or support order is meant to be permanent. New York law is designed to accommodate changes that occur in people’s lives. Rarely do people stay at the same job, earn the same income, and live in the same house for the entirety of their lives. In fact, the youngest Baby Boomers, on average, held 11.8 jobs between the ages of 18 and 48, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to Forbes, the average worker, today, stays at their job for just 4.4 years on average, and with people staying at jobs for shorter and shorter periods of times, the courts are more than adept at dealing with modifications. An experienced Greene County divorce modification attorney can help you show the court that your situation has drastically changed, and therefore your court order should too. Call an experienced divorce modification attorney with the Greene County law offices of The Colwell Law Group, LLC today for help.
What Can Be Changed?
While it is unlikely that you will be able to make changes to a property division agreement that was made 10 years ago, you can, however, change many other orders, such as child custody, visitation rights, child support, and alimony. These changes must parallel your life changes in a way that makes sense. For example, if you lost your job and have not been able to find work, you may be able to modify your child support payments so that you pay less. If it were the other way around–you got a raise–it would be difficult to prove to the court that you can no longer afford to pay the same child custody payments that you have been making for years.