After your divorce is finalized by the court, you may need to go back to the court to ask for modifications. Circumstances may change for either you or your ex-spouse, and these changes may affect child support, child custody, or spousal support, also known as alimony. Any changes to a court order should be made by the court.
Our Independence divorce modifications lawyer, Jennifer Benedict, provides comprehensive legal services to people throughout Missouri. We are with our clients every step of the way, from the initial filing of the divorce and modifications after the divorce. During the entire process, our lawyer answers any question you may have and gives pragmatic advice based on your unique circumstances.
Focused Representation To Ensure That Your Support And Custody Decrees Reflect Your Current Situation
Reasons why an individual may ask the court to modify a decree include:
- Moving — If you plan to move to another county, state or country, and you have a custody or visitation arrangement in place, there are several steps that you must follow in order for the court to approve the move.
- Loss of a job — The loss of a job likely affects your ability to pay child support or alimony. Informing child support enforcement of your inability to pay support obligations as soon as you lose a job keeps you from falling behind on payments and needing to pay arrears, or back pay. However, you will need to file a Motion to Modify with the court to officially modify the child support and other provisions of the original judgment.
- Remarriage — Remarriage of either you or your ex-spouse is a substantial change that may require modification of support or custody.
If you are uncertain whether a change in your life requires child support modification or modification of another order, our family law attorney will listen to you, advise you whether you should file for a modification and assist you with the process. Our dedication to providing a full-service menu is why our clients return to us for their legal needs.