What are Modifications in Family Law?

Now that some time has passed, are you interested in modifying your divorce decree or child custody agreement? That’s where modifications in family law come in. Here are the basics of how they can help your family.

Common Modifications

Some things that are subject to modification include:

  • Financial obligations including child and spousal support
  • Child custody agreements
  • Visitation schedules
  • Property division if there are previously unknown assets

Reasons for Modifications

The most common reasons for a request for modifications in family law include:

  • Situation changes including financial changes that make it difficult for one party to make child support payments
  • Financial changes that create difficulties for the parent with primary custody to support the child or children
  • Circumstances that put the child or children’s stability in jeopardy, such as parental illness or inability to provide adequate care and support
  • When one parent wishes to relocate

How to Make the Modifications

Things change in marriages that lead to divorce, and things change after a divorce leading to the need for modifications to agreements. Though the agreements may have made sense several years ago, they might not work for everyone anymore. Requesting and implementing the changes generally requires more than just a conversation but often requires an order by the court.

If your family would benefit from family law modifications, you don’t have to navigate the process on your own. Contact the knowledgeable family law team at McCutchen and McLean, LLC for the legal services and assistance you need to support the needs of you and your family.

When Is a Tax Lawyer Needed?

tax lawyer

Why would you need to hire a tax lawyer? The mere fact that this question is on your mind is a good indication you should consider it. Taxes are a complicated subject. And if you make a mistake, the IRS isn’t very forgiving. That’s when an attorney comes into play, and here are the top reasons you may need to get one:

You Received an Audit Letter

There’s nothing more heart-stopping than opening an IRS audit letter. Of course, you may agree with the department’s findings. But if you don’t, you have the right to appeal their decision. If you go this route, it’s best to have a lawyer represent you.

You Can’t Afford Your Taxes

Do you owe the IRS more than you can pay? If you’re facing financial difficulties, you may qualify for an offer in compromise. But settling your tax debt for less than you owe is tricky. You’ll want to hire a lawyer to guide you through the process.

You’re Drowning in Penalties

The IRS loves to tack on huge penalties. Unfortunately, these penalties add up quickly. A tax attorney might be able to mitigate these fees through a process known as an abatement. Reducing your penalties will make it easier to repay your debt.

Your Taxes Got Complicated

You don’t have to wait until the IRS comes knocking to retain a tax attorney. Tax laws are constantly changing. There are new regulations each year, and knowing which forms you need can become a nightmare. A qualified lawyer will review your tax situation and make sure you file everything correctly.

Are you in hot water with the IRS? Navigating tax legalities alone is challenging, and it’s always better to seek help. Contact McCutchen McLean to connect with a knowledgeable tax lawyer.



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