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Modification of Child Custody & Child/Spousal Support

Modifications to Existing Court Orders

People often assume that divorce judgments and custody and child support orders are final, and that the court expects the orders to cover every possible situation until the children are grown. The truth is, situations change and sometimes court orders need to be modified as well.

It is quite common to need a modification of a child support order as children’s needs change and parents’ financial situations change. Child custody orders and parenting plans may also need to change as the child grows, particularly if one parent leaves the state to pursue a job or be closer to family. Even spousal support orders sometimes require modification. A change of circumstances may be required to be demonstrated to the court.

If your existing child custody, child support or spousal support order is no longer appropriate, contact Nathans Family Law APC for help. Mr. Nathans can help you obtain a modification of your court order.  Mr. Nathans has helped hundreds of clients save time and money by coming up with an agreement for a new court order.

Family lawyer Michael H. Nathans has been helping families with Los Angeles family law matters for 25 years. Whatever challenges you are facing, he can help you negotiate a resolution or take your case back to court to seek a modification of your court order.


Family Law Attorney Michael Nathans can evaluate your child custody & support situation and recommend modifications

Types of custody/suppOrt Modifications

Modification to Custody or Visitation

If a change in circumstances has made your existing custody or visitation order unmanageable or unlivable, Mr. Nathans can offer you options and can help you renegotiate your parenting plan. Examples of a change in circumstances that could result in the modification of child custody include a new job, relocation, a child’s needs, injury or illness of a parent or a child, or if a parent is deemed unfit to parent.

Modification to Child Support Court Orders

If you are unable to make child support payments due to a change in your income, expenses, or life circumstances — such as job loss, illness or injury, or increased needs of the child — Mr. Nathans can offer you options and help you negotiate a new child support amount. The child support order can be modified upward or downward, depending upon the circumstances. Mr. Nathans can explain your rights.

Modification to Spousal Support

Spousal support can also be modified. If you are paying or receiving spousal support and have experienced a significant change in your circumstances, you can request a review and modification of the support.

If your spousal support is modifiable and you wish to change the payments, you must be able to prove there has been a significant material change to your income over time. A significant change in income could include:

  • Remarriage or cohabitation of the recipient
  • New expenses on behalf of the child
  • Job loss or income change
  • Illness, injury or disability which creates high medical expenses

In order to modify the amount of spousal support you are paying or receiving it is important to seek the help of an experienced Los Angeles family law attorney and mediator who can help you negotiate and modify the support order. If your child support or spousal support order is too low, or income has changed, Mr. Nathans can help you negotiate and obtain an increase in your support order.

Child and/or spousal custody/support modification can be a difficult process. Los Angeles support attorney Michael Nathans has decades of experience handling support cases and can help you understand,  strategize, negotiate and resolve any legal issue involving child support or spousal support modification. Contact our office today at 323-936-6700 for a consultation.

LA Child Support Services Custody/Support Modification

Sometimes the Los Angeles Child Support Services Department will, of its own accord, ask the court to modify a child support order. That request may be based on faulty information and present a significant financial burden on the non-custodial parent. Mr. Nathans helps parents who are being unfairly targeted for increased child support.


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Whether it's divorce, child custody or child support, clients benefit from Michael Nathans' expertise in family law and his dedication to helping individuals and families successfully and cost-effectively resolve their family legal matters.

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