Over time, circumstances can change for various reasons – some are expected, but many are not, such as the loss of a job. If you find yourself needing to modify your divorce decree or SAPCR order due a change in circumstances, it’s important to formally modify the order to ensure that you aren’t violating a court order, even if you and the other party agree to the changes.
After a divorce decree or SAPCR order has been finalized, issues such as conservatorship, possession, child support, or spousal maintenance can be modified if certain grounds and factors are met. Parties can either agree to modify the prior order or litigate the issues if the modification issues are contested.
When parties don’t agree, changing a prior court order can present its challenges. The grounds and factors for a change in conservatorship, possession, child support, or spousal maintenance are complex and primarily based on the best interest of the child. It’s a good idea to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney to discuss your reasons for seeking a modification (or contesting one) and to further determine if you’re likely to achieve a positive outcome based on the circumstances and evidence in your case.
To learn more about modifying a prior court order, contact us to schedule a consultation.