When a couple goes through a divorce, they are required to settle their marital issues. Once they do, the decisions can be approved by the judge in order to become law. This means that they are required to be followed by both parties, otherwise, the court can enforce them. However, the court understands that the lives of people and their families can change over time. In some cases, these changes may require a modification to be made to the agreement. When seeking a post-judgment modification, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Michigan divorce attorney.
What Can be Modified?
Divorce and family law settlements that are made in Michigan can be modified if need be. This can include the following matters:
- Child Custody: When either a parent or child’s life changes and the current custody agreement no longer works.
- Child Support: When a child support paying parent experiences financial changes, either party can request an increase or decrease in payment amounts.
- Spousal Support: When a former spouse’s personal or financial life changes, either party can request an increase or decrease in payment amounts.
Why May a Modification be Needed?
When a person petitions for a post-judgment modification, they must prove to the court that there is a significant and ongoing change in their life that requires the change to be made to the settlement. This may be necessary in the event of any of the following:
- A child reaches the age of emancipation does not need child support anymore
- Financial responsibility must be determined for college education payment
- Either party is living with another person and no longer needs support from their former-spouse
- If the child’s schedule changes, a former spouse may wish to modify custody terms, parenting time, and visitation schedule
- If either party receives a promotion, demotion, loses their job, becomes disabled, etc., the spousal or child support payment amount may need to change
- If either party exposes their child to domestic violence, substance abuse, a serious mental illness, etc., custody agreements may need changing
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Sometimes, divorce, family, and estate matters are difficult to navigate. Fortunately, they do not have to be with the assistance of a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney who is willing to guide you every step of the way. If you need a seasoned firm to help you with any divorce, family or estate-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact Collis & Griffor today to schedule a consultation.