Does A Change In Your Life Justify A Modification Of Support?

The volatile economy has disrupted the lives of many thousands of people in the Portland, Oregon, area and across the nation. Although job losses, failed investments and other negative events are always possible, their increased prevalence in recent years has made obtaining modifications of support judgments a very important part of our family law practice.

Prompt Action May Prove Critical To Your Financial Stability And Future

If some key aspect of your life has changed, making it more difficult or impossible to pay full child support when due — or to comply with alimony/spousal support or other orders in your divorce judgment — we urge you to contact the Law Office of Todd R. Worthley now.

Similarly, fast action is important if you believe the parent paying child support is benefiting from higher income or another change that justifies an increase in payments.

Too often, parents who could benefit from a modification wait too long to contact a lawyer, either incurring an overwhelming debt for past-due support or missing out on added support that could benefit children. Attaining a justified child support modification is a relatively straightforward process in Oregon, and we can help you pull together all necessary information and handle all legal procedures.

One thing our laws do not allow for is a retroactive modification that would grant you relief if, for example, you lost your job and could not make payments but did not petition for a modification until months or years later.

We Can Put The Law To Work For You In A Time Of Transition

An Oregon divorce judgment is formalized based on a detailed picture — but still only a single snapshot, from one point in time — of parents’ incomes, ability to support children and other factors. The law also has the capacity, via modifications, to account for inevitable change afterward for either parent, which may include job losses, job advancement or changes, onset of a disability, or substantial changes in the needs of a child.

A Family Law Advocate On Your Side

If you are searching for a compassionate family law attorney who will take the time to explain how state laws apply to your case, and help you get through your legal matters confidently, please call us today!