Pennsylvania Post-Decree Modification Lawyer
Post-Decree Modification Orders
It is a common misconception that court orders are set in stone. Sometimes, dissolution actions are not finalized even after a final judgment and decree is entered. There are opportunities to modify important decisions such as child support, child custody, alimony, and even parenting time. It is even sometimes possible to file a motion to change the provisions of an existing court order.
With changing circumstances such as those relating to income or relocation, you may wish to seek modifications in a court order relating to alimony, child custody, or child support. The experienced Pennsylvania family law attorneys at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. will work hard to ensure that our clients' goals are accomplished while protecting their rights.
You can reach us at (866) 290-9292.
Understanding the Process
In general, judges do not want to change court orders. To modify a dissolution action, you will have to prove that there has been a substantial, material, and permanent change in circumstances. Certain living arrangement and social issues can alter what is possible and what is in the best interest of the children. For example, alimony orders may be modified if the spouse who pays the support now earns much less money or the receiving ex-spouse remarries.
Types of Post-Decree Modifications
Here are some of the most common types of post-decree modifications we see in our practice:
- Custody modification: If you would like more time with your child, you will have to present evidence that your circumstances have changed since the last custody order was issued. You may also show that changes have endangered your child’s physical or emotional health and that the child should stay with you or spend more time with you.
- Child support modification: Some child support decisions become unfair after circumstances change. You may be able to modify child support orders if there was a substantial increase or decrease in earnings to either party, if there was a change in the cost of living for either party, or if there are extraordinary medical expenses for the child.
- Alimony: It is possible to change an alimony order if either party has experienced a substantial increase or decrease in earnings, if there is now the receipt of public assistance, or if there was a change in the cost of living for either party.
- Property division modification: The division of real and personal property is almost always final. You can only modify a property division decision if you can prove that the decision was based on fraud, mistakes, or duress.
Contact Us Today
If your circumstances have changed since your divorce, you need to discuss your options with a Pennsylvania family law attorney. Make sure you continue to follow the court orders to the best of your ability as you research your options. It's not always possible to modify court orders, but you may be able to adjust custody, alimony, or your child support agreement.
Call the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C. at (866) 290-9292 to schedule a free consultation.