One of the main reasons that people stress the most about their divorce case is because they are afraid the final decision will bear consequences that they will have to endure for the rest of their lives. While this may be true in some cases, it is not true in all cases. Both parties must adhere to the terms of their divorce settlement, but some of those terms are subject to change, namely child custody and child support.
It can certainly be disheartening to hear that you will only have partial custody of your children, even though Georgia courts often split parenting time fairly evenly, and you might grow concerned about how much of your paycheck is going toward child support. Fortunately, the courts understand that divorce settlements are made under certain circumstances, and if those circumstances change, so too could the divorce settlements. If you experience a significant change in your life, it could be grounds for you to modify your custody and support arrangement.
Perhaps the best example of this would be suddenly losing your job, or even changing careers. The amount you pay in child support is determined in part by the amount of income you earn. If you suddenly find yourself earning less money or no money, you could have your child support payments modified to reflect these changing circumstances. Of course, this works both ways, as some parents could be entitled to more in child support if their ex-spouse begins to make more money.
If circumstances in your life have recently changed and you believe that your divorce agreement should be modified accordingly, consider meeting with an attorney who is familiar with family law. Visit our webpage to find out more about how legal assistance can ensure that your modified agreement is fair to your new circumstances.