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When a child support order can be modified

When going through a divorce, parents put the most care and consideration into the decisions that involve their children. There are times, however, that circumstances change, and the decisions that were based on what made the most sense at the time have to be changed at a later date. Child support arrangements, although carefully constructed at the time of divorce, often have to be modified later on. There are several situations that will lead a Wyoming court to modify a pre-existing child support order.

The first, most obvious, reason for an adjustment in child support is a change in income. If a parent experiences a loss of or decrease in income, that parent may no longer be able to provide as much financial support for the care of the children. This would include both the parent who pays child support as well as the parent who receives the support. The other parent may then need to be responsible for a larger portion of their financial support. Alternatively, if a parent receives an increase in income, he or she may then be expected to pay a larger portion toward the care of the child.

The third party in a divorce

When parents in Wyoming divorce, there are not two parties to the separation; there are three -- the wife, the husband and the children. All three parties are affected by the choices that are made and the change of life that takes place. Although there will undoubtedly be some stress that the children have to endure, with the right approach, the transition can be a smooth adjustment that can teach the children lessons that will help them throughout their lives. Divorce is a significant change, but it doesn't have to be a negative experience.

The first step in making sure a child can deal positively with divorce is by helping them develop certain basic skills and qualities that will help them be resilient through not only divorce but also other life lessons. These qualities include having the ability to handle stress effectively, having confidence, being an asset to society, having a strong, positive character, having a sense of family and community, having strong coping skills and knowing how to make decisions. Parents must work with their children to develop these skills, as they are not acquired overnight and must be learned over time. Teaching by example is one of the best methods.

No one is to blame for divorce in Wyoming

When the word gets out that a couple is getting divorced, the first thing that comes to most people's minds is, "why?" Everyone seems to want to know whose fault it was, what happened and how long it has been going on. They want all the juicy details. The courts don't have the same interests. When it comes to divorce, Wyoming is what is known as a "no fault" state.

When a spouse files for divorce in some states, he or she is allowed to file based on evidence of some wrongdoing or fault of the other spouse. For example, a spouse may file for divorce because the other spouse committed adultery or abuse. The petitioner is asking the court to grant a divorce because their marriage is irreparable due to the other spouse's actions.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt begin child custody evaluations

Once again, many eyes in Wyoming and across the nation are on Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The former power couple has reached another stage in their ongoing divorce proceedings. The duo has now begun child custody evaluations.

Jolie and Pitt met on a movie set in 2003, married 11 years later and then separated after only two years of marriage. They have six children ranging in ages from 10 to 16 years old. As with many divorces, the children have become the center of the negotiations. The couple agreed to an interim custody arrangement, but apparently have not yet been able to come to an agreement on a permanent parenting plan.

Divorce of the wealthy may be friendlier

Money has an impact on everything people do in Wyoming and across the globe. It impacts how people dress, what they drive, where they live and how they spend their time. According to some, it may even affect how amicable they are during divorce. It appears that people who are considered wealthy may, in general, be more agreeable during their divorces than those who don't have as much money. There are several reasons behind this logic.

The first reason for these amicable divorces is that those with have a lot of money can avoid much of the one-on-one interaction that the less wealthy often have to deal with. Wealthier people are more likely to communicate through attorneys and others who have been hired to handle their affairs for them. This practice keeps emotional communications at a minimum and leads to more business-like dealings.

Do I really need an attorney for my divorce?

Like other couples in Wyoming, you may be hoping to settle your divorce as quietly and civilly as possible. Perhaps you and your spouse have already outlined some points of agreement and tabled others for further consideration. Maybe you are ready to agree to whatever your spouse demands just to get it over with.

Have you hired an attorney? One way in which divorcing couples seek to keep the level of contention low is to handle the divorce without the interference of lawyers. If you have dismissed the idea of consulting a divorce attorney, you may be unwittingly giving up crucial rights that may affect your future. In fact, there are numerous benefits to having a legal advocate during this difficult time.

Inheritances may be divided in Wyoming divorce

It seems that ending a marriage is all about division. Custody, property, finances and even the family pets are divided between the two spouses during divorce. Although so much of one's life is suddenly subject to being split, many take for granted that certain financial assets such as inheritances are exempt from the division process that is taking place. That could be a costly assumption as that is not necessarily true in Wyoming.

If the two spouses cannot reach an agreement for splitting the assets on their own, the court will divide it for them. Wyoming is considered an equitable division state. That means that the division of property, including finances, is to be equitable to both parties. That does not necessarily mean that the division will be equal, however, although it may be if that is what the court determines is appropriate for the situation. This also means the court may decide to divide assets that the spouses would not have otherwise chosen to divide.

Determining child custody in Wyoming

The divorce process is challenging for any couple. Those who have children, however, have even more to deal with than those who don't. Determining the child custody arrangement is a very delicate process. All factors of the children's care, housing, time and emotional needs have to be considered. It is important for Wyoming couples to know the basics of how this extremely important arrangement is handled in their state.

The child custody agreement is one of the most carefully determined arrangements established by the courts. While the parents may come to an agreement on their own, the court has the final word on what exactly the terms of the order will be. First and foremost, the best interests of the children will be the main focus. There are many factors that go into determining what exactly those best interests are.

Prepare for a delay in alimony and/or child support

As Wyoming spouses prepare to end their marriage, a long list of to-do items awaits. Determining which of these tasks should take priority over the others is not always easy. Financial matters should rank near the top of that list, however, because there will be expenses that need to be taken care of well before matters of alimony and/or child support are finalized. 

Some couples work together to ensure that all necessary costs are covered between the time of filing and a divorce being made final. For others, filing for divorce represents firing a shot across the bow, and sparks a great deal of contention. It can be hard to communicate about paying bills during that time. 

Parental conflict has an impact on children in divorce

There is no getting around the fact that your divorce will have an impact on your children's lives. However, divorce doesn't necessarily have to mean an end to a happy lifestyle. A key factor in moving on in life is support, and in particular, support that keeps the lines of communication open, so your kids can share their feelings when they're ready.

Studies show that various issues can have negative effects on children whose parents divorce. By and large, one of the most significant issues is parental conflict. If you and your ex tend to lock horns whenever you talk to each other, you may want to learn more about how this aspect of divorce can decrease children's ability to cope.

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