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When there has been a significant change of circumstances since the entry of your last order, it may be time to have the order modified to fit your current situation. Often times, custody agreements, child support orders, visitation arrangements, or alimony awards cannot contemplate for each and every future occasion that affects your ability to follow the court’s order. If your ability to do so is materially affected, serious consideration should be given to having the order altered by the Court.

One common mistake a party could make is waiting too long to institute a modification action. For example, a 15 year old son decides that he wants to live with his father instead of his mother, as previously ordered in the parties’ divorce decree. If there is an award of child support to the mother, that order remains in full effect until changed by a court of competent jurisdiction. If for some reason the mother and father find themselves in court when the son turns 17 years old, and the divorce decree has not been modified in the interim, there are 2 more years of child support owed to the mother despite the child having been primarily with the father.

The above is only one situation that could give rise to a modification action. Changes in income, marital status, location of the parties, ages of the children, and a host of other circumstances could mean that it is time for your Court Order to be changed. The Smith Firm has extensive experience in litigating modification actions in the Metropolitan Counties and has appeared before an assortment of justices. The firm’s familiarity with the judges and local rules in Cobb, Cherokee, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Douglas, Bartow, Clayton, Henry and a host of other counties practiced in provides clients with an advocate who is not only skilled and dedicated, but also known and respected around the local community.

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