One thing seemed perhaps reasonably certain to you as a Tennessee parent regarding the court order imposed on child custody arrangements in your family law case, and that was this: At some point, it would need to be changed.
At the Chattanooga Law Office of Sam Byrd, we understand clients' feelings in that regard, because much of the centrally important subject matter that is the focal point of judicial orders -- for example, custody, visitation and support issues -- is far from immutable.
That is, change rather than constancy defines it. As we note on a page of our firm's website addressing modifications to existing family law court orders, "child support and/or child custody decrees sometimes no longer suit the circumstances.
Infants become toddlers. And those young adolescents become teens with starkly different needs. A parent paying support might face sudden financial challenges owing to underemployment or job loss or, alternatively, a payee might have a dire need for increased support. Family members relocate to other areas, which can open the door on application of complex interstate laws.
At our firm, we get that, and routinely assist diverse clientele with wide-ranging family law concerns that arise through the passage of time and fundamental change.
It is important to note that a court order modification regarding custody or support will issue in the same manner as that order was originally created, that is, only following a court's close scrutiny and evaluation. We stress on our site that a change will be granted only if it "is in the best interest of the child and circumstances have materially and substantially changed."
We work closely with parents seeking the issuance of or modification to court order involving custody and support.
We welcome contacts from readers with questions or concerns regarding this important family law topic.