Life, of course, often changes following a divorce. As the family moves forward, the need for modifications of a child custody and visitation, child support or alimony settlement may arise. While it is important not to ignore the provisions of a valid divorce settlement, it may be possible through the legal process to modify a divorce agreement in certain circumstances.
Circumstances may change following a divorce which can mean meeting child support or alimony obligations challenging or making a child custody arrangement impractical or impossible. Fortunately, modifications may be possible when there has been a significant change in circumstances of the parent or child or former spouses. In circumstances when there has been a relocation, the loss of a job, a reduction in income or an increase in income for a former spouse, a modification may be possible.
While divorce is an understandably emotional process, it is important to preserve the rights of the parties and ensure their interests are served and needs are met during and after the divorce process. It is helpful for divorcing couples to remain focused on the future following the divorce and negotiate based on their circumstances and needs for the future. Divorcing couples are always encouraged to reach agreements between themselves but family law resources are also always available for them to utilize to help with challenging issues including modifications.
Each situation is unique and it can be useful to have trained guidance to help understand how the family law process can assist a former spouse or parent with a modification request. It is also helpful to understand the variety of situations in which a modification of a divorce settlement may be permitted.