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Modifications to existing divorce decrees are common, as individuals can experience substantial changes in one’s circumstances since a divorce was finalized. Finances may change, a parent may move to another state, or issues may arise concerning the care of a child. Whatever change you are experiencing, talk to our skilled Seattle modification attorneys.
At Wakefield Legal, PLLC, we can help guide families through the modification process and represent a party who wishes to dispute a request for modification. We can walk you through the family law paperwork, the court system, and the entire process.
What is Post-Divorce Modification?
In Washington, a post-divorce modification order is a court order that updates or changes the terms of a divorce decree after it has been finalized. This modification order can be requested by either party if there has been a significant change in circumstances that affects the terms of the divorce agreement.
For example, if one party loses their job and can no longer afford to pay child support or spousal support, they may request a modification of the support order. Alternatively, if one party wants to relocate with the children, they may request a modification of the custody order.
The court will then review the evidence and determine whether a modification is necessary and what the new terms of the divorce agreement should be.
What can be modified?
Property distribution provisions in a divorce decree are not modifiable. If you have any questions or concerns about modifying a current divorce order, our Seattle modification lawyers can offer personalized guidance and trusted advice.
Justifying Modification After Divorce
Modifications must be approved by the court. Courts will only approve a request if an individual experienced a significant change in his or her circumstances that justifies the need to modify an existing judgment.
Modifications can be requested in the following circumstances:
- A severe illness or medical condition
- Dramatic change in income
- If one spouses remarries or cohabitates
- If there is a threat to a child’s welfare
You should never simply relocate or refuse to uphold your court order. Such actions can lead to legal penalties, so it is important that you follow court procedures and submit a sound, convincing petition to the court with the help of an attorney. From start to finish, we can help you prepare a persuasive modification petition and resolve any obstacles or disputes along the way.