While court rulings cannot be re-decided because divorce decrees are final, they can be modified. Here are some of the common types of modifications that may be useful for you to know. For an in-depth explanation, though, it’s best to consult with divorce attorneys in Phoenix AZ to find out how you can go about getting your divorce decree modified.
What are the Types of Modifications Allowed?
Common types of modifications include:
- Changes to sections that talk about child support
- Alimony arrangements
- The parental rights after a divorce
Conditions or terms that deal with properties are not as easy or can be impossible to modify
What is a Change in Circumstance?
This is usually the reason behind the modifications to the divorce decree. For instance, growing children will mean increased expenses. That’s why changes to child support conditions are permissible. In the same vein, if there is a drastic change in the finances of the custodial parent, then changes to the custody agreement may be allowed.
How Do I Get a Modification?
You will need to file your request for a change with the court. To justify the change, it’s often best to wait after the divorce is final, with wait times depending on the facts of your case. Some may wait for an entire year. To find out how long you need to wait, consult with a lawyer. In some cases, significant time will have passed, providing credence to any claims that significant changes in circumstances have occurred to justify the request. If you file the request too soon, the court will view it with suspicion and will likely not grant it. That will also make it difficult for you to request a modification the next time. Avoid these complications by discussing your options with a lawyer before you make the request.
Should I Get a Lawyer?
Filing that request is already going to be complicated. The rest of the process will be as confusing and stressful as well. Make sure you have the guidance and assistance you need by getting an experienced lawyer. By getting legal help, you’ll have someone to help you navigate through the steps. You’ll know what your options are, have someone that you can ask when you want a term or condition explained, and make the experience a lot easier for you.
Getting a divorce is hard. If you believe modifications need to be made to the decree, then talk to a lawyer. Make an appointment with the divorce attorneys in Phoenix AZ at Leather Law Office for a free 30 minute consultation.