Modification

Life is not static.  The circumstances present at the time of the Final Judgment may change significantly thereafter.  The support that was fair at the time of the Final Judgment may be insufficient years later due to a health issue, or may be a hardship years later due to a job loss.  The timesharing that had the children spending the majority of time with one parent, may now be causing the child to have difficulties in school or may no longer be appropriate due to a live-in companion.  These situations may be sufficient to ask the court to modify the terms of your Final Judgment of divorce or paternity.  

The standard for modifying a Final Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity is extremely difficult to meet and your greatest chance of success is to have an experienced family law attorney represent you in these matters.  The standard for modification is a substantial and material change in circumstance that was unanticipated at the time of the final judgment.  The most requested modifications are requests for a reduction in alimony or a request for a change in timesharing or child support. 

Contact Baker & Zimmerman to discuss your circumstances and the chance of successfully modifying your Final Judgment or if you need assistance defending a modification action filed against you.

MODIFICATION OF FINAL JUDGMENT

The standard for modifying a Final Judgement of Dissolution of Marriage or Paternity is extremely difficult to meet and your greatest chance of success is to have an experienced family law attorney represent you in these matters.  The standard for modification is a substantial and material change in circumstance that was unforeseen at the time of the final judgment.  The most requested modifications are requests for a reduction in alimony or a request for a change in timesharing or child support.  Contact Baker & Zimmerman to determine if you meet the standard for modifying your Final Judgment.  Please note that equitable distribution awards are not modifiable.