Modifying Existing Family Law Orders In Arizona

When spouses or partners divorce or separate, they usually create a legal agreement — or a court creates an order — regarding finances, child care and support. As time passes, however, their needs and the needs of their children change, and the original agreement may need to be modified.

Modifying an existing order often requires the help of an experienced lawyer. People in Phoenix turn to The Law Office of Scott J. McWilliams, L.L.C., for skilled legal assistance with family law and divorce issues and disputes.

When Circumstances Require Adjustments To Previous Agreements

Whether the initial orders were made in haste during a time of emotional turmoil or if recent life events warrant a revision, there are a variety of reasons you may need to modify an existing court order.

Examples of orders that may require modification include:

  • Legal decision-making agreements: Formerly known as child custody agreements, legal decision-making agreements — and parenting plans — are important to parents following a divorce or split. Either parent may request a change to the existing agreement, but he or she will need to show that it's in the best interest of the child.
  • Parenting time: Visitation orders can be modified if there are substantial changes that would warrant modification, or if the change would be in the best interest of the child.
  • Child support: Arizona laws allow for adjustments in child support orders if there is a significant change in financial circumstances, such as job loss, medical expenses or child care expenses.
  • Spousal maintenance: Also known as spousal support or alimony, spousal maintenance orders may be modified in certain circumstances, including changes in health insurance availability or the loss of a job.

Contact Us When It's Time To Make Modifications

If you believe your current divorce or family law order needs an update, the trusted attorneys at The Law Office of Scott J. McWilliams, L.L.C., can help. Please call us at 602-639-4657 in Phoenix or toll free at 877-701-5318 from any location. You may also contact us online. We offer free initial consultations for family law matters, and we accept credit card payments.