Divorce Agreement Modifications
Your divorce may have finalized an end to a marriage, but life still keeps going on, and circumstances constantly change around you. Changes could bring hardship, sorrow, or happiness, but if any of those changes affect the divorce terms you and your former spouse agreed upon, you may be at a point where you can modify the agreements to better suit your current situation.
If you or your former spouse needs a modification in your divorce agreement, you can only do so by proving legitimate need for the change. By citing specific or significant changes in your life, your former spouse's life, or your children's lives, a judge may approve the divorce agreement modification. Changes could include:
- Moving away long-distance
- Income of either party increased or decreased
- Your former spouse is incapacitated mentally, physically
- You believe your former spouse is physically or sexually abusing your children
- Previous arrangements just aren't working out for either party, and the children
Keep in mind that any of the above changes must be proven to a judge, as well as justified. Valid reasons for your changes could strengthen your argument, especially since courts will analyze the modification of agreements based on suitability for each party involved. During your previous divorce hearings, you may have encountered first-hand how complicated and complex the family law courts are in California. Do not go through your divorce modifications alone. Contact a Santa Clarita divorce attorney at Cutter & Lax to begin the first steps of your modification agreement.
Modification of Child Support
We understand that circumstances change and unexpected events occur, and we must do our best to transition along with changes that come along in our lives. When dealing with the aftermath of divorce, things like receiving child support during a period of unemployment could be your saving grace, or things like paying child support during a period of unemployment could feel too burdensome.
If you are seeking a modification in your child-support agreement, you must prepare yourself to prove to the court that a modification is absolutely required at this time in your life. For example, things like relocating for a job or losing a job could help modify a previously agreed upon child support order. Whatever the case may be, our attorneys at Cutter & Lax want to help you during this time, and understand that because we are all human beings who are always changing, we must adapt by making modifications.
Modification of Child Custody
It is common that circumstances and situations change following a divorce, and changes can be requested by either spouse regarding child custody. Issues like relocating for a job, or serious illness that has left one spouse debilitated could create the need to modify a child custody order. Because it is the honor and responsibility of both parents to raise their child, modifications of child custody agreements are extremely sensitive in nature, and take a compassionate attorney to be able to help reach a fair agreement for parents and children.
Modification of Spousal Support
Just like child support or child custody modifications, when modifying a spousal support court order, the court will review all the factors that were considered when the initial agreement was made. The court will decide if your current circumstances, finances, or environment have changed significantly enough to change your spousal support agreement. In order to ensure the best possible outcome for your unique situation, we recommend contacting an experienced attorney who can help review your case and determine the likelihood of your spousal support modification being approved.
Modification Help from Cutter & Lax
At Cutter & Lax, we are concerned with the rights of both parents, but always act in such a way that will be most beneficial for the interests of any children involved. We know your child is your most important asset, so protecting them and looking out for their best interest is a priority. If you are seeking a modification in your divorce agreement, it is crucial that you seek advice from an experienced family law attorney.