How Child Custody And Support Orders Are Modified

Life is not static after a divorce. Significant changes in the circumstances of the divorcing parties, or their children, may make a modification of divorce orders appropriate or necessary.

At Rombro & Manley LLP, we can protect your rights and interests if you are seeking a modification of orders or if you are trying to stop an adverse modification from taking place. Our team of accomplished lawyers serves clients in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance and Ranchos Palos Verde.

Modifying Child Custody And Visitation Orders

Common circumstances that may warrant a modification of custody and visitation orders in California include:

  • The relocation of a parent
  • A parent's failure to abide by the existing court orders
  • A change in a parent's work schedule
  • Changing wishes of the child, where appropriate

In considering custody and visitation modifications, the court places the highest priority on protecting the best interests of the child. We can also help clients interested in obtaining sole custody when a prior joint custody arrangement had been reached.

Spousal support, also known as alimony, can also be modified. Judges generally have broad discretion when ruling on modifications of spousal support.

Adjusting Child Support

Child support is determined by a set of guidelines that take into account a number of factors, including the number of children and both parents' earning capacity. If any of these factors changes significantly, a modification of child support orders may be appropriate.

Contact Our Law Firm

Our lawyers can provide you with advice and advocacy regarding a broad range of family law matters, including modifications of orders and enforcement of orders. Contact us online or by telephone at 310-545-1900 to arrange your initial consultation with an attorney.