Los Angeles Post-Judgment Modifications Attorneys
Modification Requirements in California
Many people are under the impression that when a divorce is "finalized," there is no way to go back and change the agreements that were made. Few things in life ever remain completely the same. In regards to family law in particular, it's not uncommon for things to change in the years following a divorce. Parents might be earning a different level of income, they may have suffered a serious injury or have been diagnosed with a debilitating illness, or they have remarried or relocated to another city or state. Luckily, people with extenuating circumstances may be able to make post judgment actions to adjust the terms of an agreement or divorce to suit their current situation. When a judge agrees to change or amend an existing divorce settlement or court order, it is referred to as a post-judgment modification.
Need to change divorce order or agreement? Talk to a seasoned Los Angeles modification attorney at Claery & Hammond, LLP. Contact us online or call (310) 817-6904 for an appointment.
What May Be Modified After Divorce?
Modifications can be made to a number of different orders and agreements.
Some orders and agreements that may be modified after divorce include below:
- Child Support Modifications
- Child Custody Modifications
- Spousal Support
- Marital Settlement Agreements
What Situations May Allow for Modifications?
As a general rule, people must prove that a significant change in circumstances has occurred that warrants amending an existing court-order. This might include a sudden injury, a death in the family, an unexpected job loss, a remarriage, or a medical condition that makes it difficult to work or care for children.
Other situations that may warrant a modification of a judgement are below:
- A significant increase or decrease in either party's income
- A job loss, job change or other event
- A parent's desire or need to relocate
- A major change in the costs of caring for children, prompted by a medical problem or other event
Post judgment modifications can become necessary when a person's circumstances change so much that it makes it difficult to adhere to the terms of an original agreement or settlement. Sometimes loss of employment or a serious illness can prevent a person from working and making money, which can make it difficult or even impossible to keep paying the current amount of child support which was arranged when you were bringing in considerable amounts of income. In situations like these, your attorney will help prove the necessity of the modification so that your agreement can be changed to accommodate your current situation.
Another reason why a post judgment action may become necessary is if one party does not adhere to the original divorce agreement. In cases involving property division, one or sometimes both parties will neglect to follow the plan, which could mean that one person sells or gives away an item without dividing the proceeds equally with the other person. In these situations, a Los Angeles divorce lawyer can take the necessary legal actions to remedy the situation through a post judgment action.
Call a Los Angeles Modification Lawyer Today
If you are interested in modifying a court-order, but are unsure of how to go about it or whether or not you even qualify for a modification, please feel free to consult a Los Angeles divorce attorney at Claery & Hammond, LLP. Not every situation qualifies for a modification, so it is important to have an experienced lawyer carefully examining your circumstances. If your circumstances have changed significantly, speak with an post-judgment modification lawyer about the possibility of a modification.
At our firm, we have a great deal of experience in all areas of California family law, and have helped numerous clients throughout Los Angeles seek modifications. We know a successful modification can make a huge difference in your life, which is why we are so committed to doing everything we can to ensure your request for is granted.