Every family’s situation changes over time, and those changes may make it necessary to take legal action to ensure that existing court orders evolve to meet new family requirements. What was suitable to the parties at the time of the divorce or separation may no longer work as jobs change, children age and parents remarry. At Ouren Law, I help families in the Kennewick area and throughout Washingtonobtain appropriate modifications to child support, child custody, visitation, time-sharing and alimony orders. Modifications of these orders often require proof that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. I have the skill and determination to present that evidence to the court. I also address relocation issues when parents move into or out of Washington.
In family law cases, an existing court order can only be modified when there is a significant change in a parent’s or child’s situation. These changes may include a greater financial need or increase in income due to a job change or loss, a medical emergency involving the child, and a change in your child’s environment or time-sharing situation. I advocate for your rights in court to help you get the child support and child custody modifications you and your children need, and guide you through the often difficult procedures to get results. I also help families with domestication of foreign or out-of-state judgments, assisting them in obtaining court orders that ask Washington to treat an order from another state as its own. Domestications for matters like child support and visitation can be especially useful when families with children move into or out of the state.
When you bring your modification case to my firm, I review your goals with you. Then I examine the existing agreements between you and your ex-spouse or child’s parent. Together we set realistic, achievable objectives to bring before the judge. Whether you are seeking an adjustment in your spousal or child support, are looking to adjust your visitation schedule, or are attempting to become the primary custodian of your children, I can help. I also represent clients seeking to retain existing orders when requested modifications are not in their best interests or those of their children.
At Ouren Law, I understand that your family’s needs change over time, and I am committed to helping you achieve a custody or support modification that addresses your changed circumstances. Call me at 509-783-5759 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Kennewick office.