n cases when there have been divorces, before divorces and when the mother and father
were never married, which involve children who are under the age of 21, all issues surrounding
the children must be resolved. Unfortunately, issues that concern children do not always end with
the finality we might want. The Court can determine whether you or your spouse will have sole
custody or joint custody of your children.
Situations can arise that result in one or both of the parties seeking to modify the
original agreement. Under certain conditions you can seek to modify the judgment that was
entered in your case concerning child custody and child support.
A modification relating to
child support can be due to changes in income or lifestyle. A verbal agreement between
ex-spouses to modify the child support aspects of a divorce can terminate very quickly with
disastrous results for the children. You must seek and obtain any changes in a court of law
to make them legally binding. A modification relating to child custody can be due to changes
in the best interests of the children.
Often it is necessary to obtain legal assistance to enforce the terms and conditions of the
existing child support decree. Probably the most common reason is nonpayment of child support.
Nonpayment can have some very deleterious long term effects on the future of your child.
Failure to pay the support as defined by the divorce decree can result in the nonpaying spouse
facing a wide range of penalties including possible suspension of drivers license and even jail
time. If you are accused of not paying child support, you must take this issue very seriously
and retain legal counsel.
hether you are seeking to modify an existing child custody decree, child support decree,
attempting to get a nonpaying spouse to fulfill their financial responsibilities or have been
accused of not providing the agreed upon support, Richard F. Sweeney
has the skill, knowledge and depth of experience to represent your interests.
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