When A Finalized Divorce Requires A Modification
It is always the hope that once the divorce decree has been finalized, both parties can move forward without further legal action. However, certain life events can require modifications to the initial decree. If you are facing a post-divorce order modification, Scott W. Sheen & Associates, P.C. in St. Charles can guide you through the process. With more than two decades of experience helping families in the Greater Chicago Metro area, we have the knowledge you need to work through the steps required to update the terms of your divorce.
When Life Changes Warrant Modification
When financial circumstances or living situations change dramatically in one’s life after a divorce has been finalized, it is possible to make changes to accommodate them. Most divorce and family law judgment modifications affect child support, spousal maintenance or custody. Some of circumstances that could warrant a modification include:
- The loss of a job that changes a spouse’s ability to fulfill alimony or child support obligations
- Unexpected medical expenses for a child that require additional financial support from the noncustodial parent
- The receiving spouse’s financial circumstances changed by some manner such as remarriage or inheritance.
- If one parent must move due to job relocation
- If providing care for a sick relative or attending to a death in the family requires one parent to be away for a period
It is always best to negotiate terms amicably between former spouses. But it is not enough to make an agreement to change informally. For the terms to be legally binding, they must be formalized through a court order. This could potentially protect both parties from potential future liability related to violating a divorce decree that was not legally modified.
Secure Legal Counsel That Understands The Process
If circumstances changed after your divorce was finalized and you need help securing a divorce modification, call Scott W. Sheen & Associates, P.C. at 630-443-6200 or fill out our online intake form. We can provide you with a free, confidential consultation on your case. Se habla Español.