Georgia Divorce Agreements: When Circumstances Change, Modifications are Necessary

Discover what types of changes warrant a modification to your divorce agreement in Georgia.

Let’s face it. Life is messy. What works for a family at one period in their lives may not be feasible in later years. If you divorced in Georgia, you probably filled out the required paperwork addressing issues such as child custody (physical and legal) as well as alimony, child support, and visitation rights.

When Modifications Can Be Made to Your Divorce Agreement

Many factors are considered by the judge when deciding how to award a fair and equitable settlement, including income, benefits each spouse brings to the relationship as well as poor behavior, health, mental capacity, and other mitigating facts pertinent to the decision. However, when life circumstances change, the original agreement may need to be modified in order to accommodate the new reality.

If you’ve lost your job or are now employed at better pay, or your ex-spouse becomes unemployed/employed, an adjustment to alimony or child support change may be in order. If you or your ex relocates for employment, custody or visitation modifications may be necessary, and a remarriage by either spouse may call for another look at your original divorce agreement with your previous spouse.

Sudden changes may be upsetting to your children since they are directly affected, and you may be tempted to approach the situation aggressively. However, the advice from kidshealth.org suggests a better option: keep your temper in check, it advises, and “don’t resort to blaming or name-calling within earshot of your kids, no matter what the circumstances …”.

If there have been changes that may possibly warrant a modification to your divorce agreement, contact the attorneys of Spooner & Associates, PC to discuss your options and solve your legal problem.

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