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Motion to Change

A motion to change is the court process used when a person wants to ask a judge to:

  • change or end a final family court order, or
  • change or end an agreement to pay support.

When is a motion to change made?

 

The most common reason people bring a motion to change is to change a support payment. A motion to change is often brought when one or more of the following happens:

 

  • The support payor is making more money than he or she was when the order or agreement was made;
  • The support payor is making less money than he or she was when the order or agreement was made;
  • The child has finished school, married or moved out on their own;                 
  • The child or children are now living with the payor or a different person.          
  • The person receiving spousal support is now able to support himself or herself.

A motion to change can also be used to ask a court to change a final order concerning:

  • custody,
  • access, or
  • a restraining/non-harassment order.