Many parents experience substantial life changes following a court order for child custody and/or child support. Custody arrangements between parents can become unrealistic and impracticable as your children grow up and parenting arrangements change. Financially, either parent’s income may increase or decrease over the period of the child support obligation, or one child may reach the age of 18 while another child is still a minor. For these reasons, and many others, North Carolina may allow you to modify of child custody and child support orders.
Modification of Child Custody
A court may modify child custody if there is substantial change in circumstances for one or both parents, which affects the best interests of the children. For example, one parent may move out of the state or obtain a new job and work schedule, making it difficult to maintain the existing child custody arrangement. Further, as a child matures, their interests and activities are likely to change, also creating conflict between parents to follow an existing child custody arrangement. Circumstances such as these may allow you to modify your current child custody
Modification of Child Support
An existing order for child support may be modified based on a significant change of circumstances experienced by either parent or the needs of the child. North Carolina law presumptively applies a substantial change in circumstance base on a court order which is at least 3 years old and there has been a 15% increase or decrease in the previously ordered child support amount. Other examples of substantial change in circumstances may be a loss or change in employment, remarriage, and cost of living.
If you are interested in modifying your child custody or child support, please contact an experiences family law attorney at Parton Buckingham, PLLC. Our family law attorneys will work with you to reach a result that reflects a child custody and child support arrangement that works for your family and is in the best interests of your children.
For More Information On Modifying Your Child Custody or Child Support
To schedule a consultation to discuss a modification of your child custody and/or child support with one of the family law attorneys at Parton Buckingham, PLLC, please call us at 704-376-4488.