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January 2020 Archives

Modifying Your Child Support Order

Under federal and state law, parents have a right to request a modification of a child support order. Both parents must reach an agreement to modify the child support order. If there is no agreement between both parties, a judge can be asked to approve the change as long as it is explained why the modification need is justified and how the amount modification that is requested will benefit the child. In this court hearing, you must be able to show evidence that circumstances have changed since the existing order. Depending on the circumstances, the judge will decide if the modification will be temporary or permanent. A permanent modification order will remain in effect until child support is no longer needed, or if the order is again modified in the future. Here are some examples of the types of changes that support a modification order:

How women can address financial stress during divorce

Modern life is stressful, especially if you are worried about money on top of all your other problems. Financial trouble can even hold you back from making important life decisions. Like many women, you are probably struggling with a very difficult situation. Should you stay in an unhappy marriage for financial security or pursue divorce?

Telling Your Parents That You're Getting Divorced

As parents, we all want what's best for our kids. We want them to have happy childhoods. We want them to do well in school so that they will have as many opportunities as possible to seek out a satisfying and fulfilling career. We want them to see the world, have adventures (safely), and be happy. We also want them to love and be loved. We want them to have someone who will always be there for them and for whom they will always be there in return. We really do. One thing parents don't want for their kids is divorce. That's not surprising and it's not unexpected. Kids know this about their parents. So grown up kids who find themselves contemplating or in the midst of divorce will often falter when it comes to that moment when they need to actually tell their parents that their marriage is ending.