When divorce arrangements are created, they should reflect each party’s current situation. However, as time passes and families’ situations change, it may be necessary to update alimony, child support, or child custody and visitation arrangements.
When you contact my firm, Daniel H. Chambers, Attorney at Law, P.C., I can work with you to modify existing family law arrangements after significant changes in your circumstances. I provide clients in Birmingham and throughout Alabama the personalized legal solutions they need.
In general, support and custody arrangements can be modified if there has been a significant change in your living situation. This could include a promotion or pay increase, an involuntary decrease in work hours or pay, or relocation.
If you are the noncustodial parent and your child support decree requires you pay your child’s college expenses, you may be able to have your agreement modified.
It’s important to continue paying your existing support obligations until they have been legally changed. You can be held in contempt for failing to pay support, even if you intend to have your financial obligations modified.
Any requirement or obligation you or your spouse has in the divorce decree can be enforced by the Judge. If you or your spouse fail or refuse to comply with the decree, you or your spouse may be held in contempt of court. Sanctions for contempt can include jail time or money judgments being awarded.
Always contact an attorney before deciding to violate the decree. You should also contact an attorney before involuntarily violating the decree to see if a modification could keep the contempt from occurring.
If you have questions about divorce modifications and updating your existing decrees, I can help. Learn more about your legal options by scheduling an initial consultation. Contact me online or call 205-913-4057 for answers from an experienced local divorce lawyer.
We have used Daniel Chambers for legal services on several occasions since 2007 with excellent results. He has assisted our family in each matter with a professional yet tenacious manner. He has always been upfront about possible outcomes and honest about how to appropriately deal with challenging situations. I have recommended him several times over and will continue to do so. He has been an incredible asset to have on our legal team and we have always been satisfied with the results.
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