If circumstances have changed since your divorce, custody or child support matter was finalized, you may be able to modify the terms to better serve you or your children.
Under What Circumstances Can I File a Petition to Modify a Final Decree?
A party may file a petition to modify: 1) custody, 2) visitation, 3) child support, or
Custody - A petition for modification of custody must show that there has been a material change in circumstances concerning the petitioner, the child, or the other parent that materially affects the welfare and interest of the child. The change must have occurred after the original custody order became final.
- A petition for modification of visitation must show that there has been a material change in circumstances and that it has been two years or more since the original order became final.
- A petition for modification of child support must show that there has been a substantial change in both parent’s income and financial status or the needs of the child and that it has been two years or more since the original order was signed unless the original child support order has never been modified.
- A petition for modification of alimony may be brought by either former spouse in the event of a change in the financial status or the income of either former spouse. Only periodic alimony is subject to modification.