When Life Changes, We Can Help With Post-Decree Modifications
In a divorce or paternity action, decisions are often made that seem right at the time. But, as time passes and life goes on, they can stop making sense. For example, the child custody agreement that worked for a small child doesn’t accommodate a teenager’s sports schedule. Or, incomes used for child support calculations increase or decrease.
When things change, existing court orders need to change too. Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, can help. Our team of experienced family law attorneys has in-depth knowledge of California family law. We can represent you in post-decree modifications and other important legal matters.
When Existing Court Orders Need to Change
There are many reasons why an existing court order may no longer be a good fit for your family. Courts grant modifications in many different situations, including the ones listed below:
- Your income or your ex’s income has changed significantly
- Your child’s health has changed
- Your child has grown to a different developmental stage with different needs
- School hours or a change in activities make the current parenting schedule unworkable
- The home environment has changed in a way that affects your child
- A parent needs to move for work, to care for an aging parent, or another important reason
- A DUI or allegations of abuse
When to Contact an Attorney About a Needed Change
If you know that an existing order isn’t working for your family, it’s important to request the modification from the court before you make the change. Do not just stop paying child support. Do not move to another city or state. Instead, talk with an attorney at our law firm. We can help you take action, protecting your financial interests and your relationship with your children.
If you stop paying support or move without the court’s permission, you risk negative consequences. People who fail to pay child support can have their wages garnished. Parents who move without permission may find themselves in trouble in an extended child custody dispute.
That’s why it’s also important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you believe that your ex may try to modify an order against your will. Early action can protect your interests and prevent extended litigation.
The Law on Modifications in California
In California, the court may apply different legal standards to your modification case based on what has happened before. If you and your ex came to an agreement through mediation, the court may grant a modification to the stipulated agreement after any change in circumstances has occurred.
If you litigated your case, the court may only change the judgment if you can show a significant change in circumstances warranting modification. Talk to your lawyer about what to expect in your case.
Contact Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, for Post-Decree Modifications
When a court order needs to change, get the help you need. Call Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, at 415-650-1322 or send us a message to get started in the modification process. Our legal support team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.