After a divorce has concluded, the agreements and court orders are entered into the record and are binding on the parties. Modification of an order is possible when there has been a substantial change in circumstance for the child support, child custody or alimony (spousal support). The court will enforce its orders when presented with evidence of violations, such as failure to pay child or spousal support. Property settlements are almost never modified, absent a showing of actual fraud by one of the parties.
At our firm, Andrea Heckman Law, we represent clients with modification and enforcement issues. We provide comprehensive advice and guidance for all aspects of family law cases. We are experienced family law attorneys who understand the impact that family law matters have on our clients’ lives. We understand how to prepare the evidence to demonstrate to the court the changes in circumstances since the original order was entered.
The types of family law orders that are frequently modified or require enforcement include:
Child support may be modified to account for a change in circumstances, such as job loss or medical issues. If support payments have been missed, it may be necessary to return to court to obtain an enforcement order and wages may be subject to garnishment.
May be modified if circumstances require a change due to a different work schedule of a parent, a remarriage or a relocation necessitated by a job change. Also, if the custody agreement is being violated, the order can be enforced to ensure that parents get their allowed time with the child or children.
Increased or decreased based upon the needs of the parties or the ability of a spouse to pay. Can also be enforced if payment is not being received.
As your life and financial needs change, your divorce decree may need to change, too. Please contact us at your convenience to discuss your post-decree modification and enforcement issues during a free initial consultation. We can review the details of your case and determine the best way in which to proceed with the matter.
Please contact our law office in Rolling Meadows for legal assistance with divorce, child custody, or visitation issues. We serve clients in the Chicago metropolitan area who need the help of an experienced and dedicated family law attorney.