Modifying A California Family Court Order

Family law orders may need to be modified to account for significant changes that occur after an order has been entered. If you are seeking or opposing the modification of a family court order, retaining experienced legal counsel is the first step to protecting your rights.

Changing Court Orders Relating To Divorce And Child Custody

Child custody and time-sharing (visitation) schedules change when such changes address a child’s best interests. Every order should reflect the current needs of the child. On the other hand, some orders require changes, so adequate finances are available to meet the child’s needs. California has guidelines to ensure that both parents contribute to the children’s upbringing.

The Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch can assist you with:

  • Modification of a child support order
  • Child custody modifications
  • Time-sharing (visitation) modifications
  • Spousal support modifications

To discuss your modifications case with an experienced lawyer, please get in touch with me, attorney Ronald K. Stitch, for a free consultation at my Westlake Village law office. I practice exclusively in divorce and family law to provide my clients with experienced and knowledgeable representation.

When Can A Child Support Order Be Modified

You cannot modify a child support order simply because you feel the original order was unjust. Instead, you must be able to show that there has been a significant change in circumstances, such as:

  • Your income has changed significantly.
  • Your ex-spouse has been incarcerated or has lost a job.
  • The physical, mental, or emotional needs of your child have changed, requiring an adjustment in their financial needs.

Suppose you or the other parent has experienced what you believe to be a significant change in circumstances and feel you are paying too much or not receiving enough support. In that case, I can perform a guideline child support calculation on your behalf.

If you qualify for a modification, I can assist you in preparing court filings and negotiating for your interests. If your child’s other parent disputes the modification, I will protect your rights in court.

How To Seek A Change In Custody

You can seek a modification to child custody or your time-sharing schedule if you believe it is in your child’s best interests to make the change. Some circumstances where you may be able to modify your custody or time-sharing order include:

  • Your work schedule has changed.
  • The other parent has abused your child.
  • The other parent has a chemical dependency problem that puts your child at risk.
  • Your teenager has expressed a strong preference for a change in custody.

If these or other issues have arisen and you feel the existing custody arrangement is not in your child’s best interests, contact my law office for assistance. I can also provide experienced representation if you oppose a child custody modification.

Learn If You Qualify To Bring A Motion To Modify Support Or Custody

I can evaluate your case and discuss your options during a free consultation. Please call 818-707-0202 or email us. We serve clients throughout Ventura County.

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