The legal process of divorce can be a lengthy one, so it may seem as if a divorce decree is an iron clad, unchangeable document. However, this is not the case. If there are financial or other changes for either you or your former spouse, either of you may file to modify support or custody and visitation.
Spousal support and child support are both established by calculating the finances of both spouses during a divorce. However, if the non-custodial spouse loses his or her job or becomes ill, he or she can file a modification request to lower the amount of money that is to be paid each month.
On the other hand, if the custodial parent needs extra financial support for the children’s health care or education, a modification request can be used to ask for additional child support.
Custody and Visitation Modification
Modifying a court ordered custody or visitation agreement is possible if there has been a significant change in circumstances for the parents or children. For example, one parent relocates or gets a new job that requires weekend hours that interfere with scheduled visitation.
If, as the non-custodial parent, you believe that your former spouse is abusive or has a substance abuse problem, you may file an emergency petition, which will speed up the process of the custody modification.