Making Changes To Existing Court Orders
Maybe you attempted a do-it-yourself divorce, but now you realize that the agreement you negotiated simply doesn’t work. Or maybe life circumstances have simply changed, and what once worked quite well no longer does.
In either case, you can turn to the Connecticut law firm of Mariani Reck Lane LLC. In practice since 1980, we have the in-depth legal experience you need to pursue modifications to existing court orders. Our lawyers handle:
- Child custody modifications
- Visitation/parenting time modifications
- Child support or spousal support modifications
What It Takes To Modify An Order
If you want to make changes to a child support order, you must be able to show that a “substantial change in circumstances” has occurred (such as the loss of your job, or a severe illness that prevents you from working), or that your current support order “substantially deviates” from state guidelines.
The same general principles apply in child custody and visitation modifications. You must be able to show that circumstances have significantly changed. Furthermore, the court must agree that the requested change is in the best interests of the children.
Getting The Other Party To Comply With Court Orders
Failing to follow court orders is a serious matter. Our firm can help you file a motion for contempt, which will force the other party to appear in court and explain why he or she has not complied with the order. If the other parent has failed to pay child support, for example, the court may:
- Garnish his or her wages, withhold money from tax returns or recover the money through other means
- Impose jail time