Making Changes To Existing Court Orders

When individuals' circumstances change substantially, the terms of the court orders concerning child custody, child support and alimony can change as well.

At Wolfson & Bernazzani, PLLC, our attorneys assist clients in Nashua and throughout New Hampshire to modify obligations in their post-divorce orders, family support orders and other court-ordered obligations. We also provide legal help to clients who need to enforce existing orders or to block another party's request for modification.

What Are The Grounds For A Modification?

Parents often seek to modify child custody and visitation terms in situations such as these:

  • A parent intends to relocate with the child.
  • A parent subjects the child to a harmful environment, such as an abusive or neglectful home.
  • A parent interferes with the other parent's residential responsibilities (such as refusing to share access to the child).
  • Both parents agree that current terms are not working, and they agree to change them.
  • The child wishes to change his or her living arrangements (if sufficiently mature).

Likewise, there are circumstances in which parents and/or divorced spouses can seek to modify the terms of their child support or spousal support (alimony). Often, these modifications are sought when one parent or former spouse experiences a substantial increase or decrease in income, due to job promotion, unemployment, financial windfall or some other reason.

It is important to understand that modifications are almost never automatic, even when the parties agree. Nevertheless, judges most frequently grant modifications when parties agree to the terms in advance of a court hearing.

Contact Our Lawyers Today For Help Enforcing Your Rights

People can be held in contempt of court when they fail to meet obligations specified in their court orders. If your ex-spouse fails to pay child support or alimony required by an order, or violates the terms of a custody or visitation order, the Manchester and Nashua modification attorneys at Wolfson & Bernazzani, PLLC, can work to ensure court orders are enforced.

For a free initial consultation, contact our law firm online or by calling our Nashua office at 603-272-6008.