Child Custody & Support

Adjusting Child Custody Arrangements or the Amount of Child Support

Children’s needs change as they grow. Divorced parents probably should avoid locking in any parenting plan or child support arrangements forever. Rather, they should plan to review the custody, visitation, and support arrangements as the children grow and the children’s needs change.

Courts have the power to modify child custody arrangements or the amount of child support to meet the needs of the child and to respond to changes in the parents’ lives. Parents who can agree on changes between themselves may do so informally, but if only one parent wants the custody arrangement or child support altered, that parent will have to go to court.

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What are some typical reasons for a change in custody?

Once custody has been awarded, when can the other parent try to get it changed?

What if the child wants to live with the other parent?

What are some typical reasons for changing child support arrangements?

What happens if the parent who has custody wants to move to another state?

Can the parents make changes without going to court?


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Adjusting Child Custody Arrangements or the Amount of Child Support

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