Can a court order be modified in the future?
Of course, when a family makes an agreement in mediation or a court makes a decision, it is being made for the circumstances that exist at the time of the agreement. There is no way to know what the situation of anyone involved will be a few years down the road. The court does understand that situations change and therefore, will allow you to modify those arrangements years down the road. It is crucial that you always request that the court modifies the agreement instead of just doing it yourself because you may get into trouble that way.
One of the most common post-judgment modifications is in regards to child visitation or custody. For example, if the parenting plan says that the non-custodial parent gets to see the child every weekend but the custodial parent (and the child) are moving across the country, the visitation schedule may have to be modified so instead the child would spend summer vacations with the non-custodial parent, or whatever the case may be. Another example may be that the ex-spouses have a spousal support award in place and the spouse who makes payments each month has had an unforeseeable change in circumstance (such as a serious and costly illness) that makes it so they can no longer make these payments in full. The court may take the unforeseeable change in circumstance into consideration and modify the amount that the spouse must pay each month.
If you believe you may need to modify an existing court order, contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney today who can provide you with assistance.
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