For people who have been divorced, new circumstances can make formal legal changes a necessity. For instance, suppose you are divorced and your former spouse is now living with a new partner. Should you have to continue paying alimony? Or what if a significant change in income occurs; should an order that was based in large part on income be changed to reflect that?
When your life's circumstances have suddenly changed, you may think you and your spouse can simply talk to one another and come to an agreement. There is no precise limit as to how often and when a divorce order can be modified. All that’s required is a substantial change in life circumstances and evidence that this change justifies modification of the previous order.
At O’Sullivan Law Group, we can offer you legal representation and advice if you are in need of a modification. Our Morris County divorce attorney and team can answer your questions and address your concerns relating to your request for a modification.
To justify an alimony modification, new circumstances such as job loss, changes in income, health issues, or cohabitation are all examples of changes that may be sufficient. Where children are involved, modifications are more difficult to obtain. In these cases, the parent seeking the change has the burden of proving not just that the change is necessary, but also that it will not harm the children.
One common reason why modifications are sought is on the basis of relocating with children, which can be difficult to obtain and place a heavy burden of proof on the parent seeking to move. For more detailed information on this topic, please contact our office today at (973) 947-8699 to speak with a Morris County divorce lawyer.