Modifying Child Custody And Support For Brighton & Howell Clients
Circumstances can change in the years following a divorce. If the circumstances are significant, modifications can be made to existing court orders. Enforcement actions can also be taken if one of the parties is not complying with court orders. Our Howell child modifications attorneys can assist with all of these matters and more.
For more than 35 years, our lawyers have sought the best possible outcomes for our clients — even years after a divorce has been finalized. At Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, we are trial lawyers who do not litigate family law cases merely for the sake of litigating. If your modification or enforcement matter can be handled outside the courtroom, we can ensure that it will be. Call our Howell or Fowlerville office at 517-219-9301.
What Can Be Modified?
Court orders involving children and finances (with the general exception of property division) can be modified. Our attorneys represent people who would like to change the existing order and those who are contesting the proposed changes. For a modification to be granted, it must be proven that there has been a significant change in material circumstances. We handle:
- Parenting time modification: The request for modifications can arise due to economic factors such as job loss, remarriage, the child’s or children’s extracurricular schedules, a parent’s new relationship, alcohol or drug abuse, child neglect and relocation.
- Child support modification: In Michigan, child support is modified once every three years. However, if there has been a significant change of income between time periods, a modification can be granted.
- Spousal support modification: When spousal support is determined, it is also deemed modifiable or not modifiable. If there has been a significant economic change in a modifiable situation, the request may be granted.
Do You Need Assistance With An Enforcement Issue?
Our Webberville enforcement attorneys represent individuals who need to collect delinquent child support and spousal support payments, as well as those who have been unable to make support payments. If you need to collect payments, our attorneys can use methods that include seizing tax returns, bank accounts and vehicles for past-due child support and alimony.
If you are unable to continue making payments, or if you have a valid reason for being unable to make payments, we can bring that to light. For example, job loss is a significant factor that can result in the inability to make support payments. The does not provide for retroactive modification of child support.
Learn More From Our Skilled Attorneys
Would you like to speak with an attorney regarding a modification or enforcement of an existing divorce order? We serve clients throughout Livingston County and nearby areas, including Howell, Fowlerville and Brighton. To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301. You may also contact our attorneys online. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with weekend and evening hours by appointment.
How do I choose a good family lawyer?
It’s important to have someone you can talk to. If you’re able to be open and honest with your attorney, the two of you can find a solution that truly works for you.
Some people find it best to interview potential lawyers. This gives you a feel for their communication style. Remember, a lawyer works for you – not the other way around. Another important thing to discuss right away is payment. Understanding potential costs is a key component in legal cases.
When should I hire a family lawyer?
We how intimidating the legal system can be. However, it is best to get experienced guidance instead of trying to figure it out on your own. If you choose to go without representation, you could end up in a less-than-favorable position. We are here to protect your best interests every step of the way.
How can a family lawyer help you?
By knowing the laws, a family lawyer can put your case in favorable position. This is important when it comes to custody schedules, dividing property and determining alimony.
These cases are often highly emotional. Lawyers think logically and keep your best interests in mind. They also can clearly explain what your options are.
Ultimately, you will have to make the decisions as to how to move forward. However, having a clear understanding of what you can do is crucial. That is where our team can step in.
What should I look for in a family lawyer?
Someone you can trust is the most important asset. Since an attorney acts on your behalf, making sure that they understand your concerns is imperative.
For example, our firm has handled complex family law cases for almost 25 years. We are hands-on, communicative and compassionate. Our clients truly feel like the have an ally in their corner. This can make all the difference when you’re caught in a difficult situation.
How long will my family law case take to resolve?
Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for resolving a family law issue (or a set of issues, as is often required when getting a divorce). Each family is unique, which means each case is unique. As a general rule, however, any family law issue is likely to resolve more quickly if both sides can maintain open communication and show a willingness to negotiate. Conversely, if both parties dig their heels in and refuse to even consider an alternative position, the dispute could go on indefinitely.
Should I try to find a family law lawyer who shares a similar personality to mine?
Not necessarily. It is important to find an attorney you feel you can trust and with whom you can be open/honest. For this reason, you may think you need to hire someone like yourself. However, lawyers of many different personality types can be effective. Moreover, hiring someone with a different personality can be advantageous because they might offer a perspective about your case that you didn’t think of.
As we noted above, you do need to trust your attorney and to know that they are working in your best interest. This is something we attempt to show our clients each day – just as we have for the past 25 years.
Will allegations of domestic violence greatly impact my family law case?
Violence and threats of violence are an issue that often looms large in family law cases – particularly divorce and child custody matters. Whether you are the alleged perpetrator or the alleged victim, allegations of domestic violence will likely play a significant role in both the process and the outcome of the case.
When we represent you, we will help you give the court an honest and accurate picture of what has occurred – without minimizing or exaggerating – and provide any necessary context. Because we also practice criminal law, we are ideally suited to guide clients through criminal charges, personal protection orders and related matters.
Should I limit my social media use until my family law issue is resolved?
Since Facebook launched in the early 2000s, it and other social media sites have become a treasure trove of information in divorce, custody and other family law matters. As a general rule, it is a good idea to limit your use of social media during this time or at least be especially judicious about what you choose to post. You should assume that despite your privacy settings, anything you post online could later be seen by your spouse/co-parent, an attorney or the judge overseeing your case.
Call Our Trusted Family Law Attorneys To Discuss Your Case
In addition, we handle premarital agreements, paternity, stepparent adoptions, guardianships, estate planning and related concerns. To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301 or email us. We serve clients in Livingston County and in nearby communities like Lansing/East Lansing, Howell and Brighton.