When Jenny thinks back to her previous marriage, her mind is not flooded with thoughts of matrimonial bliss and romance. Instead, she thinks of the front door of her home, which is no longer “their” front door, but is now a place where the former love of her life will have to knock when he comes by to pick up the boys. The divorce was devastating, compounded by the tearful nights with her kids. Furthermore, she can barely remember the legal side of the battle that seems but a vapor. Though, her goal was to make sure, “my boys are taken care of,” she looks back on the original contractual proceedings and realizes her circumstances have changed. What seemed to be a civil divorce, custody and support order now appear unworkable. There’s been an economic downturn and unexpected needs for the kids. Unforeseen spikes in school and sports fees are just the beginning of financial hardship for a single mother. She wonders if modifying child support is an option.
Forty-one percent of first marriages end in divorce, while sixty percent of second marriages fail in their matrimonial duties. Of that, half of all American children will endure their parent’s split.
Divorce and the battle over custody and child support are roads filled with turmoil, and the aftermath often leaves one parent responsible for the majority of the finances. Therefore, a formal modification to orders of child support or spousal support (alimony) is required.
Additionally, attitudes can reverse. Your former spouse may have originally agreed to pay support, sign over a title or sell your home and split the proceeds, but now is refusing to fulfill his or her agreement and is considering modifying child support. Acquiring legal enforcement of these obligations may be the only way to ensure your protection and that your spouse lives up to his or her end of the deal.
Modifying child support is possible. The Law Office of Ann A. Thomson in Orange County is dedicated to helping individuals in Southern California explore adjustment or enforcement of court orders governing all aspects of divorce, including:
• Child support
• Child custody and visitation
• Property division
We can help protect you in these troublesome times. If circumstances or attitudes have changed and you need help obtaining what is fair and right in your case, please contact us today. We’ll schedule a free of cost consultation for you with an experienced California post-divorce modification and enforcement attorney.