A divorce decree is a reflection of current income and lifestyles of the ex-spouses and their children. However, as time goes on following the end of the marriage, events occur that require a revisiting of the original documents. At the Law Office of Barbara Graham, LLC, I represent my clients pursuing or disputing divorce modifications.
When money is involved in a divorce action, cooperation can turn into heated disputes. When changes in life result in less money or a move to another state, our job is to get to the facts of modifications that include:
Child custody and visitation
Seek Court Approval of All Modifications
Negotiating a modification outside of the legal system is not recommended. While you and your ex-spouse may agree at the time to the changes, a document approved by the courts is the only one carrying any weight should future disputes arise.
Modification of child and spousal support is often necessitated due to the loss of a job, where a new job may be secured but at significantly less pay. Not seeking a support modification will only put someone further behind in payments, resulting in serious penalties. Worrying about prior promises or hurt feelings can only do more harm.
At the Law Office of Barbara Graham, LLC, I also help my clients with custody modifications as their children’s needs change or a parent is requesting to move to another state. As with a divorce, the focus is on the best interests of the child. The court will require a significant change — usually a new job — and may only give permission to the spouse if the move leads to a better quality of life for their children.
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