Modification of Court Orders
Child custody, parenting time, child support and alimony are worked out during the divorce process based on each party's circumstances at the time the agreement is made. But things change. You or your ex-spouse may lose a job, remarry or have additional children with another partner.
If you have experienced a significant change in circumstances since your divorce became final, you may be eligible to seek modification of certain aspects of your divorce agreement. The attorneys of Polinske & Associates, P.C. in Edwardsville, Illinois, can advise and represent you in modification or enforcement of divorce-related court orders.
What Can Be Modified?
- Child custody, child support and parenting time arrangements can be modified if you have experienced a significant change in circumstances.
- Spousal support can only be modified if it is stated in the divorce agreement that the payment amount can be reviewed after a certain amount of time.
- Division of property can only be changed if you can prove the original agreement was based on fraudulent information.
Modification of Child Support
Do not rely on informal agreements with your ex-spouse regarding changes to child-support payments. Unless you formally request the court to modify your child support obligations, you still are responsible for paying the full amount — even if you have lost your job, been shipped overseas or incarcerated.
It is important to seek a modification as soon as possible. If granted, the change is only retroactive to the date you file the petition for modification, not the date your change in circumstances occurred.
Illinois Enforcement Attorney
If your child's other parent is not paying child support, we can take steps to enforce the court-ordered payments. We can file a contempt of court action against those who are not paying child support. The court may order garnishment of wages and tax returns. Our lawyers also represent clients who are accused of failure to pay child support or spousal maintenance.
Contact Our Edwardsville Divorce Modification Attorney
Is it time for a change? We can help. To arrange a consultation about your specific concerns, please contact our law office by e-mail, call us at 618-505-4213.