After a divorce agreement has been signed, it is sometimes necessary to make changes. But ex-spouses are seldom amenable to modifications. If you need a child support modification or other change to a divorce decree, you need a strong, experienced family law attorney. In most cases, illness, job loss, or the need to move out of state are grounds for requesting a post-divorce modification. If a significant change in personal circumstances has made it impossible to adhere to the child support or spousal maintenance provisions of your divorce settlement, you must obtain a court-approved modification first before changing the amount of money you pay. If you fail to modify support payments through the court, you can be held in contempt and lose your driver's license, or have your wages garnished if you stop payments or pay less than ordered to in your divorce settlement.
Divorce Lawyer Susan E. Christiansen brings many years of experience in complex family law issues to every case. Our firm can fight for anyone who needs a modification in Solano or Contra Costa County, California. Our reputation has brought our attorneys clients from throughout the United States who have family law issues in Fairfield, Benicia, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Vacaville, Vallejo, Solano, Martinez, Clayton, Lafayette, Pleasanton, Suisun City, or another city in the area.
There can be many reasons to need a modification to a divorce decree. A loss of a job can lead to an increase in child support or a child support payment reduction, depending on whose job was lost. If the parent with custody consistently puts the child in danger, a child custody modification may be necessary.
The most common issue involves a parent who is supposed to have regular visitation but does not take it. Child support payments are dependent on a specific visitation schedule, and if the visitation does not occur, a child support modification can return balance to the agreement.
Relocation is another common cause of modifications. If either parent moves far away, a visitation schedule can become nearly impossible to fulfill. The two parents must negotiate a set of child custody and child support modifications -- our lawyers can help get you the arrangement best for you and your children.
To speak with an attorney about any modification issue in Solano County or Contra Costa County, California, email Divorce Attorney Susan E. Christiansen or call (707) 427-6784. We accept all major credit cards, including Visa, American Express, MasterCard, and Discover.