After your divorce or custody case is final and the terms are set, there are things that can happen that neither you nor the judge anticipated. If the circumstances of you, the other parent, or the children have changed, you need to visit with a Montgomery County post-judgment modification lawyer to determine what modifications would be appropriate for your divorce or custody order. Contact the Bolton Law Firm, PC to learn more about how we can assist you.
Why Hire a Montgomery County Post-Judgment Modification Lawyer?
To receive a post-judgment modification in Texas, you will have to prove that there has been a significant and continuing change in circumstances. This is not always easy, which is why you must hire a knowledgeable Montgomery County post-judgment modification lawyer who can work to gather and present all of the evidence needed to prove that you qualify for a post-judgment modification. Generally, post-judgment modifications are requested to modify alimony, child support, or child custody terms.
Modifications to Alimony
Some of the various circumstances that may warrant a modification to your initial alimony agreement are as follows:
- One spouse experienced a significant increase or decrease in income
- One spouse is cohabitating with another partner or has remarried
- One spouse has retired from the workforce
Modifications to Child Support
Similarly to alimony, if one spouse has experienced a significant increase or decrease in income, there is a very good chance that a child support modification may be in order. Additionally, if a child plans on attending university or higher education, or if a child has special needs, the parent receiving support may request an extension on child support past the standard age of emancipation through a post-judgment modification. On the flip side, under certain circumstances, the supporting parent may have valid grounds to request the termination of child support as well.
Modifications to Child Custody
There are many situations that may qualify for a modification to an initial child custody agreement. Some of those situations are as follows:
- One parent has developed a substance abuse issue.
- One parent has exposed the child to an incident of domestic abuse.
- One parent cannot adequately care for the child due to a change in work schedule.
- One parent has developed a mental illness that prevents them from being a responsible parent at the present time.
- The child is doing poorly in school, getting into legal trouble, or suffering from a mental disorder.
- The child is expressing a desire for a different custody arrangement.
These are just some of the circumstances that may warrant a modification to a custody agreement. Remember that the core of any custody agreement is the child’s well-being, and if you can prove that your former spouse is acting against your child’s well-being, it should constitute a modification. That being said, if you are a parent who was initially denied custody of your child, though you can prove that you have sought help or otherwise corrected the issue and are ready to be a supportive, positive influence in your child’s life, you may request a modification to obtain at least partial custody of your child.
Contact a Montgomery County Post-Judgment Modification Lawyer
If you are a former spouse whose circumstances have changed significantly since your divorce was finalized, our firm is here to help you receive the modification you need. Contact the Bolton Law Firm, PC today so we can get started.