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Modifying A Divorce Decree To Reflect Life Changes

In the months and years following a divorce, your life may change significantly, making a legally binding divorce decree obsolete or inappropriate. The law recognizes this and allows you to request modifications to support orders and custody arrangements. If you need to request a post-divorce modification, turn to the experienced attorney at the Maginnis Law Office for help. For over 35 years, I have been providing solutions to post-divorce issues for parents and former spouses in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

A Change In Circumstances

To request a post-divorce modification to an existing support order or child custody arrangement, you must be able to prove you had a substantial change in material circumstances. When considering a modification request for child support or custody, the courts act in the best interest of the child. Possible grounds for seeking a modification include:

  • Involuntary unemployment.
  • A substantial increase or decrease in either spouse's income.
  • A substantial change in the child's physical or mental health.
  • A health problem preventing either spouse from working.
  • The noncustodial parent is supporting other children.
  • A custodial parent wishes to relocate with the child.
  • Substance abuse by either spouse.
  • Criminal activity by either spouse.
  • A supported child is now over 21 years of age or has been emancipated through self-supporting employment.
  • A spouse receiving alimony cohabitates or remarries.

Contact Me To Start The Process

The custody or support modification process can take several months. It involves filing a motion to modify followed by a hearing to review the requested modifications. Motions to modify are granted at the discretion of the judge, but having a lawyer greatly increases your chances of a successful outcome.

To schedule a free case review, contact me online or call 202-599-9001. From my office in the District of Columbia, I serve clients throughout Maryland and northern Virginia.

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