Post-Decree Modifications Lawyer in Marietta
Changing Divorce Arrangements After the Settlement
The goal in any divorce is to reach a settlement which is fair and which will be workable for both spouses into the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, even the most carefully planned arrangements cannot anticipate everything that may come, and the terms of a final divorce decree will often become inconvenient or even unbearable for the parties involved. If you find yourself in this situation, a divorce attorney in Marietta may help you obtain a positive solution by petitioning for modification.
Modification is used for many aspects of a divorce agreement, such as:
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Grounds for a Post-Decree Modification
Formal modifications to court orders are only possible when there is clear and demonstrable evidence of the necessity of the change. Depending on the type of order you are modifying, the evidence you may need will be different. For all kinds of modifications, you must be able to prove to the judge that the modification is in the best interests of everyone involved, especially children. Significant life changes are some of the most common reasons to request modification to divorce arrangements.
Significant life changes include the following:
- Loss of job or earning capacity
- Major medical event/emergency
- Relocation out of town
- Changes in regular schedule
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Child Support Payment Modification
Adjustments to child support may be the most common example of post-decree modification. A modification may be initiated by a paying parent who cannot afford to maintain the obligation or by the receiving parent who needs more money to meet the children's needs. Whether the modification is for an increase or decrease in payment, child support may be modified to better satisfy the needs of all parties involved and ensure no one is left at a disadvantage.
Modifying Custody and Visitation Agreements
Parents may request modifications to custody and visitation when one or both of the parents undergoes a significant change that makes a current custody or visitation arrangement unmanageable. This is often the case when a parent relocates or makes changes to their schedule that makes the court order unmanageable for one reason or another. In any case, petitioning a court for modification and presenting clear evidence of a necessary change may adjust the child custody and visitation order to better reflect these changed family circumstances.
Adjusting Spousal Support Payments
When alimony payments are no longer adequately affecting the needs of each parent, a modification may allow parents to receive the support they need, and also reduce the payments when the parents cannot maintain their obligations or the other parents no longer require the full amount. These modifications are commonly requested when parents undergoes significant changes to their earning capacity or remarry. It is important that spousal support payments continue to fulfill their purpose: to leave neither spouse at a financial disadvantage following a divorce.
Protect Your Future and Best Interests After a Divorce
You may know that there is clear grounds for a modification of your divorce agreement, but a judge may not be able to see this as easily. Many parents run into trouble when petitioning for modifications because they go into the process unprepared and fail to present a strong case for the changes. At Henrickson & Sereebutra, our Marietta divorce attorneys are able to identify the needs of our clients and build a proper case to present before a judge. With careful preparation and our experienced team of legal professionals in your corner, you may obtain the divorce modifications necessary to reestablish fair arrangements and prepare for the future.
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