Your Louisiana child custody or child support order no longer works for your family. What is required to change it?
Louisiana legislators and courts acknowledge that the child support or child custody and visitation that may have worked for you a year or five years ago may not work forever. It is for this reason that it is possible to have these orders changed. However, there are certain requirements that must be met before a court in Louisiana will even consider modifying an existing judgment. From the date the child support and/or child custody order was entered, there must have been a "material change in circumstance" for a court to consider changing the existing order. For instance, as it applies to child support - did someone change a job and is now making a lot less (or more) money? Are you now enrolling your child in child care where it was not necessary before? The court may recognize these as material changes in circumstances which could prompt a re-calculation of child support.
Changing an existing child custody/visitation order also requires a material change in circumstance since the date the prior court judgment was executed. As it relates to child custody and/or visitation: do the exchange times not work? Have one of the parents moved? Is someone not abiding by an existing court order? Have either of the parents put the child at risk? These may qualify as material changes in circumstance such that the court may review the existing child custody/visitation order.
The facts of each case drive that likelihood that, in the end, you will have a judgment that now works for you. The best way to fight for that judgment is to seek the advice and counsel or an experienced family law attorney.
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For a more in-depth analysis regarding changing an existing court order regarding child support and/or child custody, please see the Stanley-Wallace Law, LLC blog post located at:
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