Most people would like to know that once their divorce is finalized by the courts, it is truly over. However, that is not always the case and many spouses often want to modify court orders issued as a result of a divorce. Modifications are not granted easily by the courts. They will take a number of factors into consideration, such as the order an ex-spouse wants to be modified, and the reasons for changing it. If you have recently gotten a divorce and now wish to modify some portion of the divorce decree, below are some of the most important things to know when making changes.
Reasons for Post-Decree Modifications
Typically, only two changes in a person’s life allows them to modify court orders. These include a change in their financial situation or a change in their family situation. Common reasons for post-decree modifications include:
- A party paying support suffers a disability and can no longer work as a result
- A party receiving support has been promoted or has received a significant increase in their salary
- A party has had a significant reduction in their earnings
- One party has remarried or has had another child
- The needs of a child receiving support have changed
- The child has reached an age of maturity and wishes to live with the other parent
- A parent wants to move to another state
Even when these scenarios occur, it is crucial that both parties comply with the original order before making any changes. If they fail to do so, they may be held in contempt of court....