Dallas Divorce Modification Lawyers
Changing the Terms of a Divorce
Creating the terms of a divorce is often a lengthy process that requires a lot of compromises and legal interference. The legal system has many rules in place to ensure that divorce is handled as fairly as possible, although it may not always feel this way. When the terms are finally set, neither side is usually eager to return to it and make changes anytime soon.
However, as times change, so do people’s needs and circumstances. Making modifications to a divorce agreement often becomes necessary. The experienced divorce attorneys at The Branch Law Firm in Dallas can review the existing terms of your divorce and help you begin the modifications process.
When Can I Make Modifications?
You will need to prove to the court that there has been a significant change in your circumstances to justify a divorce modification.
Some common reasons for requesting modifications include:
- Moving to a new city, state, or country
- Change in employment status for you or your ex-spouse
- Change in health status for you or your ex-spouse
- Lifestyle or medical changes involving your child(ren), such as enrolling in a new school
- Failure by one party to uphold the existing terms of the divorce
You may also justify divorce modifications if you can prove that the existing arrangement is not fair or that there a member of the court or legal team acted inappropriately and compromised the whole process. No matter what your reasoning, you will need to demonstrate to the court why the modification is justified.
What Can I Change Through Modification?
The most commonly changed terms of a divorce agreement involve, child support, child custody and spousal support. Modification actions require a material and substantial change in circumstances since the last order. These modification actions may be financially motivated, meaning if one’s employment status changes, he or she may no longer be able to afford the court ordered child support or spousal support. Conversely, a parent may seek to increase child support or to have more time with the child. Spousal support may be increased or decreased only if there is a change of circumstances since the final decree.
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