When Support And Custody Orders Are No Longer Feasible

Are you a noncustodial parent who recently lost their job and is having trouble finding new work? Are you worried about your ability to continue making child support payments? Are you being forced to move a considerable distance away from your children because of a job? Are you worried about the effect this will have on your relationship with your child?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have concerns about how your new circumstances will affect your court order obligation. At Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, we want you to know these are valid concerns. Providing and caring for your children are incredibly important to you, which is why you should consider seeking modification of your court order.

Requesting A Court Order Modification

It's important to know that in West Virginia, disliking the court's decision concerning a custody or support matter is not enough to warrant change to an order. A parent seeking modification of a court order is required to show they have substantial reason to do so. This can include:

  • Loss of job
  • Parental relocation
  • Unforeseeable changes to circumstances since the order was signed

At our firm, we work closely with parents and judges to make smart decisions about custody and support orders. Our goal is to do what's best for the children and their parents.

If a child appears to be in danger because of domestic abuse or because of neglect, we will help the other parent seek a custody arrangement that will keep the child safe and out of harm's way. If a child support order is inadequate or would cause undue burden to the noncustodial parent, we will fight to get the order changed accordingly.

Choosing The Right Lawyer To Represent You

Navigating child custody laws can be a challenge. You need a lawyer who understands the complexity of the law and how to apply it to your situation. In addition, you may need legal representation to attend a modification hearing on your behalf if you are unable to.

At Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, we know the expectations of the law and judges, and we will make sure you do too. To schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer from our Martinsburg law office, contact us online or by calling 304-707-0673. We accept credit cards and are licensed to practice in West Virginia and Maryland.