Once your divorce is over and the judgment is entered, everything is not set in stone. After all, your life will continue to change. Your kids will get older and their needs will change. You may get a new job. Your spouse may get a new job. You may lose your job.
With all of these changes may come changes to your divorce judgment as well. As you can imagine, not everything may be changed once the divorce is complete. However, there are two main areas in post-divorce modifications where changes may be made that you should be familiar with following the close of your case.
Contempt of Court
Contempt of Court is a fancy way of saying that your former spouse isn’t following the divorce judgment. For example, he or she may be picking up the kids at the wrong time or dropping them off late. In some cases, your spouse may not be paying alimony or child support.
If this happens, you will need to return to court to enforce the judgment. If your former spouse doesn’t comply, he or she will be held in contempt of court and be forced to pay a fine or may be jailed until he or she will comply.
Modifying Existing Orders or Your Divorce Judgment
This is common if you get a new job, lose your current job, your spouse changes jobs, or other circumstances change. Most often, spouses go back to court to modify parenting time arrangements or payments related to alimony or maintenance.
You can’t go back to court to change these issues on a whim. Most courts require proof of a “substantial and material change in the circumstances” since your judgment or a prior modification was entered.
Orders often need to be modified as children age and reach adulthood as well. As such, you will almost always need to modify an existing order if you have children with your former spouse.
Contact Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. for More Information Regarding Post-Divorce Modifications
If you’re divorced and need post-decree work completed on your case, the team at Lawrence R. Surinak Ltd. can help. With over 35 years of experience in family and divorce law, our professional, supportive approach means you can rely on us for any changes necessary to your judgment or existing orders.
Contact Larry for your free 30-minute consultation at 630-470-9990 or fill in our simple online form to request an appointment time. We look forward to speaking with you and providing for any modifications necessary to your case.