Is it Time to Change your Court Order or Separation Agreement?

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Every year after Christmas, Wal-Mart puts tupperware and storage bins up at the front of the store because they are big sellers. January is a natural time to take stock your life. It’s time to pack away the old things you no longer need so you can focus on the important things in front of you. It’s time to put those lights and decorations away for next year and to put that ugly sweater your cousin gave you in the “re-gift” pile.

January is also a good time to deal with the things that are causing your mind to feel cluttered. For people who have been through a separation, it might be time to dust off that old court order or separation agreement to see if it still makes sense today.

Things change, children grow up, people change jobs, get sick, or find a new partner. Sometimes those life events are significant enough to be considered a “change in material circumstances.” In family law, when there has been a change in material circumstances it may be possible to rework your arrangement and change the amount of spousal support, child support, or to revisit your custody and parenting plan.

Do you have an agreement or court order that no longer fits with your family’s reality? If you're having an issue related to this topic we'd be happy to help.  You can call us at (902) 826-3070 to set up a meeting or contact us online.  You can also schedule a no commitment Issue Review Consult.

Peter G. Duke - Associate Lawyer

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