Post-Judgment Modifications in California
Los Angeles Divorce Attorneys
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. 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.
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.
Reasons for Modification
There are many different situations that may warrant a modification of a previous judgment, including:
- 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
Los Angeles Lawyer Handling Post Judgment Modifications
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.
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, you should speak with an attorney at Claery & Hammond, LLP about the possibility of a post judgment modification.