Handling Modifications Of Child And Spousal Support
The only thing that is constant in life is that it is always changing. When you have a change in circumstances, it is only natural that your obligations regarding support should change as well. However, whether an order is subject to modification really turns on the language of the order and what type of change you have experienced. At the law firm of Brinkman & Associates, our attorneys in Cincinnati will work closely with you to ensure that you completely understand all your options.
Modifying Spousal Support
If you are seeking a modification to spousal support, or alimony, payments, this can only be done if the original order is explicitly modifiable. That is why it is essential to hire our experienced attorneys at the beginning of a divorce so we can try to anticipate any changes that may need to be made further down the road.
If the support order is modifiable, its terms regarding the amount and duration of support may change. Ohio courts may take a number of factors into consideration when determining how spousal support orders shall be modified, including:
- Retirement of a spouse
- Cohabitation with another person
- Substantial change in income, including inheritances
- Substantial change in employment
- Change in health or expenses
We will work to show why a change should or should not involve a modification to the initial court order. In every case, we will put your best interests front and center while we explore all the options that are available.
Modifying Child Support And Custody
A substantial change in a parent’s circumstances may necessitate a change in the amount of child support. Support determinations are based on gross income, which can involve more than just looking at pay stubs. Our lawyers understand when the court is likely to change support payments and we will put this knowledge to work when handling your modification matter. With every change in support matters, the court will also consider modifying health care responsibilities and tax exemptions related to the children.
In some cases, it may also be necessary to seek a change in custody. Changing child custody and other post-decree modifications can be complicated. However, you can rest assured that we are up to the task.