Post-Judgment Modification Lawyer in Orange County
Bringing More Than 30 Years of Trial Experience to Your Case
If you need to modify your
child support or
child custody judgment, it will be important to retain a divorce lawyer in Orange County as soon
as possible. At
The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague, we have
more than three decades of litigation experience in California's courts. We know how to provide the proper evidence that can convince the court
to modify your post-judgment order. With our firm at your side, you and
your former spouse can come to a mutual agreement regarding a modification
of the terms in your decree.
Modification of Child Support, Child Custody, or Alimony Orders
Once a couple goes through the process of divorce, the courts will issue
a final decree of divorce, called the judgment of dissolution of marriage.
The final decree will include a comprehensive written agreement that addresses
the various terms that the couple has agreed upon, such as
property distribution, child custody,
visitation, and child and
spousal support. Once the judgment has been finalized, each spouse will have a legal obligation
to uphold his or her end of the decree.
Fortunately, the courts recognize that new issues can arise at any time.
Life is constantly changing, and to accommodate the natural ebb and flow
of families' needs, the family courts allow for post-judgment modifications
in some cases. The courts will not just approve any modification; they
will require significant proof before approving any type of judgment modification.
How do I establish proof that I require a modification?
The courts may consider a modification to child support, child custody,
or spousal support if you are able to provide enough evidence that you
need a court order to be changed. Additionally, the courts will be looking
for substantial evidence that the change in the order will be beneficial
to your children. Showing cause for modification can require significant
investigation and have lasting legal consequences if not handled properly.
Evidence you can present to the court when petitioning for a modification
- Change of income
- Loss of job or change of job location
- One parent has been incarcerated
- One parent has become incapacitated or otherwise unable to care for the child
- One parent has another child from another relationship
- Evidence of domestic violence against the child
- Significant changes in the relationship between parent and child
- Significant changes in the needs of the child, cost of childcare, or education
- Changes in the factors that were used to calculate child support
Call Our OC Divorce Attorney for Affordable Representation
If you wish to modify a court order, we recommend that you rely on our
legal guidance to pursue a modification of your post-judgment order. In
cases in which your former spouse may be hesitant or uncooperative, modifications
can become incredibly challenging. Having a compassionate, helpful lawyer
at your side during and after your divorce can be invaluable.
Contact our Orange County family law firm
and ask about our reasonable rates!