In certain instances, it is possible to have certain court orders modified following the final divorce decree. The party petitioning will have to show that there has been a significant change in circumstances which justifies the requested change. While matters of property and debt division cannot be modified by the court, child support, spousal support, custody and visitation orders may be altered if the court approves. In any matter involving children, their best interests will also need to be proven to be cared for by the proposed change. Our firm is familiar with such matters, and we can skillfully prepare a compelling argument and act on your behalf in pursuing the desired modification.
WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES WILL THE COURT CONSIDER?
In financial matters, the court may consider such factors as an unexpected drop in income, an increase in income or increased costs of raising the children. The court will take into account not only the needs of each party but also the ability of the contributing party to pay. Modifications of child support or spousal support may result in the payment amount being increased or decreased. Issues warranting changes to custody and visitation may include logistical matters affecting the ability of each parent to engage in active parenting. They can also include any factors affecting fitness as a parent, such as substance abuse issues or any instances of child abuse or neglect.
DO YOU NEED A POST DECREE MODIFICATION?
Mansouri Law Offices is dedicated to helping you maintain a successful lifestyle for yourself and your children following your divorce. It may be that you and your ex-spouse are open to achieving a mutually agreed upon solution, in which case we can provide legal guidance and negotiating skill. Your goals may, on the other hand, require someone to fight energetically on your behalf. Whatever is needed, we are here to help.