If a substantial change in circumstances occurs post-judgment, parties are not necessarily locked into the terms of the judgment, which may be revisited and revised if the judge feels circumstances warrant the requested change. Loss of a job, entering retirement, a move out of town, state or country, and remarriage all qualify as substantial changes in circumstances that may affect the level of support you give or receive.
These changes can also affect parenting time and may require a change in the parenting plan.
Perhaps your child is now a teenager expressing a strong preference not to visit or live with your ex owing to negative interactions with a new step-parent, or perhaps just because the environment has simply deteriorated.
Perhaps since the judgment, you feel your ex is not taking adequate care of your children and you have documented the instances in which you feel substandard care or abuse occurred. You may need to request a restraining order and ask for temporary custody if you do not already have it.
There are many triggers for a change in circumstance that the court takes seriously. If you are wondering whether you qualify, call us to schedule an initial consultation and bring your judgment and any other relevant documentation with you (such a police reports, a pink slip, pay stub, photos - anything that substantiates your request for a modification.
There are many triggers for a change in circumstance that the court takes seriously. If you are wondering whether you qualify, call us at 503.595.4141.