A divorce decree permanently dissolves your marriage, but that order may not permanently resolve the other matters it addresses. Your circumstances change and your children grow. In a short time, your parenting plan no longer fits your situation, or you could suddenly lose your job and be unable to meet support obligations. For these reasons and others, you may have to return to court and ask for a modification. On the other hand, the modification your ex-spouse is seeking may be unnecessarily burdensome to you. In that case, you have the right to oppose the modification to keep the existing order in place. At Skabelund Wirig & Loos, our family law attorneys provide determined representation to help you get the results you need.
Parties to a divorce decree may seek a modification of their order if they encounter a substantial and material change in their circumstances. Under the proper conditions, you can petition the court for a modification of any ruling:
When conflicts with support or a parenting plan arise, some parties make informal agreements that seem to work for a short time. Unfortunately, the new understanding has no legal authority backing it, and the old order is still in place. So, if a dissatisfied party later takes the issue to court, a judge will enforce the old order. That can leave you on the hook for back support, which you wouldn’t have to pay if you had gone immediately to court for a modification.
A short consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys can steer you clear of costly errors. We can help you negotiate a new settlement of the issues in question and submit that to a judge for approval. We can also provide the representation you need to make your case, for or against a modification, in court.
Your divorce may be permanent, but other elements of your decree may not be. An experienced family lawyer at Skabelund Wirig & Loos can help you assert your rights in modification proceedings. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 801-788-4447 or contact our office online. We are conveniently located at 1149 West Center Street in Orem, just off I-15.