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Court Order Modifications in New York
As your divorce draws near its end, the court will need to begin establishing legal regulations for you and your ex to follow in the years to come. Known as court orders, the rules outlined on these documentations and agreements can feel like they are set in stone, and may control a wide variety aspects pertinent to your day-to-day lives.
Court orders will typically control the following after a divorce:
The importance of making court orders fair becomes clear when you consider just how much they can really affect. If they are not drafted properly, you could be left at a financial or emotional disadvantage, and you may need to file for a court order modification to set things right and re-balance the scales of your divorce.
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How to Modify a Court Order
A court order is not something that the judge will create on a whim. Weeks or months may transpire as a divorce progresses and the judge reviews your case. Due to the thought and care that should be put into making the court order in the first place, a solid, logical argument must be presented if you wish to have an order modified.
Reasons you may cite while requesting a court order modification include:
- Criminal arrest
- Debilitating illness
- Ex-spouse gets a significant pay raise
- Ex-spouse remarries
- Must move to keep employment
- Serious injury
- Unexpected job loss or wage cut
For example, you might be ordered to pay alimony to your ex every month equal to 25% of your wages. At the time of the divorce, you are able to maintain a comfortable lifestyle even while providing spousal support. If you are demoted at work, that original 25% may now be equivalent to 75% of your paycheck instead. You could file for a court order modification to lower the alimony you are expected to pay, possibly down to what would be 25% of your new income.