When spouses divorce they enter into agreements regarding parental responsibility, child custody, visitation, child support, and perhaps alimony. As time passes, the circumstances that existed at the time of the original divorce may change and a modification of terms of the parties’ divorce agreement may be necessary.
In the case of child support, if one or both parties experience a significant increase or decrease in their income then the court may modify the amount of child support upon the filing of the appropriate request by either party.
Likewise, in the case of alimony, although there are no specific guidelines, if either former spouse has had a substantial change of financial circumstances, such as the loss of a job or an increase or decrease in income or needs, it may be appropriate to modify the amount of alimony payments or the length of time payments are made.
With regard to child custody, courts are generally reluctant to easily modify the primary residence of the children. However, if a party can demonstrated that there has been a substantial change in circumstances after the entry of the original custody order and a change in custody would be in the best interests of the children, the courts may modify custody and visitation arrangements.