Settling a divorce is hard. Even the most amicable of partings have to go through a frustrating legal process. When things aren’t so amicable, it only adds fire to the flame. After you get through this difficult process, you aren’t really done. Circumstances are inevitably going to change long after the divorce is finalized. Because of that, a modification to the divorce terms is often necessary.
The challenge is that divorce agreements are legally binding. That means you have to go through a legal process to change any of it. This can apply to child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, and anything else settled in the divorce. If you need to change any elements settled during your divorce, it’s important that you have an experienced family law attorney on your side. The reality is that it’s almost impossible to effect these modifications unless you know exactly how to prove that they are necessary to a judge.
At Setzer Law Firm, we know how to gather the evidence necessary to prove that a post-divorce modification is necessary. Whether you need to modify child custody, visitation, child support, or alimony, our Colleyville post-divorce modification attorneys can help. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.
Common divorce modifications relate to child custody and visitation rights. Ideally, the court originally ruled on custody in a way that was best for the child. That is always the priority. However, there are many significant life changes that may make it necessary to modify child custody and visitation rights. When that happens, it’s not only reasonable but necessary to amend the custody ruling.
Changes in financial situation, living location, jobs, or family situation are all good reasons to revisit child custody. It’s important to remember that a custodial parent cannot simply relocate a child away from their noncustodial parent. In addition, a parent without managing conservatorship or equal possession may prove that they deserve such roles down the line. No matter what, it’s important to make sure that any custody or visitation changes are established with the courts. Any unofficial agreements made between you and the other parent will not be enforceable.
Modifying your custody or visitation order is almost impossible if you can’t prove that there has been a significant change in circumstances since the original order was made. At Setzer Law Firm, our Colleyville child custody modification attorneys can review your circumstances and help you determine if you have sufficient cause for a change in your custody or visitation order. Our goal is to ensure the best possible circumstances for you and your child.
Many modifications come down to money, and child support modifications are commonly addressed in divorce modification motions. These changes can go in either direction. Sometimes, a parent’s financial situation improves dramatically. This can lead to larger support payments for the child.
Conversely, finances can get worse. In those cases, the custodial parent might ask for more support, or the paying parent might need relief from child support. Every situation is unique, but it is downright reckless to change child support payments without going through the legal system. Every ruling is legally binding up until the end date specified (usually when the child turns 18). If you change payments without getting the courts to amend your obligations, you could face steep fines and jail time.
It’s often much easier to get child support increased than to get it decreased. Whether you need support increased or decreased, our Colleyville child support modification attorneys are here to help.
In some ways, spousal support agreements mirror child support — the court settles on a payment structure, and it is legally binding. Spousal support differs in one key way, however: while child support is determined based on what’s needed to provide care to a child, alimony is an agreement between consenting adults. Because of that, the court has a lot more power in child support rulings than alimony.
It’s possible (and common) for a spousal support agreement to lock out future changes. Even if you think the alimony should be renegotiated, the courts might not have any power to support your case. It’s always important to understand the limits of your alimony agreement before you pursue this modification. You don’t want to waste resources chasing something that the courts can’t give you.
At Setzer Law Firm, we have handled just about every type of family law matter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Whether you need to file for divorce, modify agreements from a divorce, or deal with any other family law matter, our experienced attorneys are here to help.
You don’t want just anyone handling your post-divorce modification. You need an attorney on your side who has a proven track record of success when addressing family law matters. Our family lawyers have dealt with some of the most delicate and complicated matters throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our Colleyville post-divorce modification attorneys.