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How Long Does It Take To Modify Child Support Or Custody?

North Carolina Custody Modification Process

The process of modifying child support or child custody depends on whether the existing arrangement is based on an agreement of the parties — typically a separation agreement — or a court order. The amount of time it takes to modify child support or child custody can vary greatly depending on whether the other parent contests the change.

Child Support And Child Custody Based On Agreement Of Both Parents

If you and your ex-spouse established a separation agreement that included your child custody and child support obligations, you can modify either or both obligations through agreement. If your ex-spouse does not agree with the changes, you can also institute a legal proceeding to establish a court-ordered child support or child custody arrangement.

If you and your ex-spouse or other parent have an existing court order for child support and/or child custody, you should seek a modification of those orders through the legal system.The length of the process will depend on how cooperative your ex-spouse or other parent is. An experienced modification attorney can keep things on track and help push toward a timely resolution of the modification process.

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