Modifications of Orders
Final orders in a divorce set the ground rules for former spouses and allow them to move on with their lives. However, when circumstances change for one of the parties, California law permits modifications of final orders. Modifications of custody or support orders are the most common.
Modifications require a change in the situation of one of the former spouses
Circumstances that could lead to a modification include:
- Moving away from the area
- Discovery of additional marital property
- Job loss
- Serious illness or disability in a parent or child
- Promotion and salary increase
- Birth of another child
- Drug abuse or other criminal activity
We handle complex and routine modifications
Many modification orders are fairly routine. Our lawyer works to get the process moving quickly so that you can receive additional support or stop paying as much support. However, other modifications are more difficult, requiring discovery and in some select cases, Court testimony. This is especially true when there are questions about the best interests of a child. Whether you or your “ex” fights or agrees to the modification, our attorney knows what to do.
Even if you and your spouse agree, be sure to obtain a modification
It is important that changes in your arrangements with your former spouse are approved by the Family Law Court by way of a Stipulation and Order that requires filing with the Court. Otherwise the changes will not be enforceable. Whether you are seeking or contesting a change in custody, visitation, child support or spousal support, it is important to seek the advice and counsel of an experienced attorney who will protect your interests. Contact the Law Offices of Robert Deller & Associates.
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