When children are involved in a divorce, the key issues are often child support, child custody and parenting time (or visitation as it is sometimes known). Every parent wants to protect his or her relationship with his or her child during and after a divorce. The determination of child custody, parenting time and child support can often result in much anxiety and conflict.
Securing skilled and experienced family law representation is the best way to avoid conflict while still effectively pursuing your goals regarding child custody, parenting time and child support.
Child Custody and Parenting Time
The court will look to the best interests of the child when making any determinations regarding child custody and parenting time. Minnesota statutes require the court to consider factors such as who the primary caregiver has been for most of the child’s life, consistency, stability, and any disruptions to the child’s life that would occur.
Child support is determined by state guidelines that follow a formula. Various factors such as income, the overnight parenting schedule and certain expenses are entered into the formula to set a child support obligation. Ensuring that a child has what he or she needs, while reserving sufficient funds for the payor household to subsist, is critical for both spouses following a divorce.
At Aho Law Office, P.A., we are committed to helping you effectively pursue your goals regarding child custody, parenting time and child support as part of a divorce or as a standalone. We understand how critical child-related issues can be during a divorce, and bring all of our skill and knowledge to help our clients protect their relationship with their children.
Child Custody Modification
During a divorce or when deciding some other type of family law matter such as child custody or child support, all involved parties do their best to arrive at a resolution that is functional now and for the foreseeable future. But, it can be hard to predict what the future holds. Sometimes, future circumstances may change so dramatically that the terms of an agreement simply no longer fit.
When the conditions on which your family law agreement were predicated are no longer applicable, you can ask the court to modify that agreement in light of those new circumstances. A skilled and experienced attorney can help ensure that the court understands the impact of the changes that have occurred.
Some common scenarios that may call for a modification include:
- Loss of income
- Need to relocate
- One party’s failure to adhere to visitation/parenting time schedule
- Changing needs of the child
- One party’s failure to abide by a divorce decree or other order
- Endangerment of the child
Any aspect of a family law agreement can be modified, including:
- Child custody
- Child parenting schedule
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Property division (in some limited circumstances)
At Aho Law Office, P.A., we understand that times change and that what worked at the time of your divorce or order may not be working now. It is critical to the continued success of an agreement or schedule that it reflects the most current circumstances. We are dedicated to helping our clients secure the modifications they need in order to have the most functional agreement possible.
Our years of experience allow us to effectively pursue the modifications our clients need. If the facts of your situation have changed since you signed a divorce or other family law agreement, let us help you work to ensure that your current circumstances are reflected in your current agreement.
If you are facing the possibility of divorce and children are involved, we can help you navigate that difficult process. Let our skill and experience work to help you become ready to begin writing the next chapter of your life. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 612-271-4047 or simply contact us online.