A lost job, medical crisis or other changes in circumstances could make it difficult for you to abide by a court order pertaining to alimony or child support. Family law orders are often revisited under these sorts of situations and are often modified to meet the needs of all the parties involved.
At Konstantilakis Law PC, we can review your circumstances, prepare documentation and represent you in family court to have the family law order modified. As an experienced family law lawyer, Panagiotis (“Peter”) A. Konstantilakis routinely helps individuals out in making certain the order meets the current needs of the parties and does not place an undue burden upon one individual or another.
Before deciding whether a divorce or family law order requires modification or a contempt order needs to be issued, we need to look at the ability of a party to pay what has been previously ordered. Like everything else involving family law, the ultimate determination should revolve around the unique facts of the case.
Judges can impute income if it appears that someone is trying to manipulate matters to reduce the amount of alimony or child support he or she has been asked to pay. Someone with a master’s degree may take on a low-paying job in order to avoid having to pay more child support. A former spouse may also be living well beyond his or her means in an attempt to get the courts to order the other spouse to pay more alimony. In making certain fairness prevails, orders sometimes need to be modified. In other circumstances, modification requests need to be disputed to prevent hardship from happening.