Your divorce agreement should meet all your needs, but over time, your needs may change. A post-divorce modification may be necessary to maintain your quality of life and protect your children. If this is the case, contact out attorneys at Karp & Iancu for help with this process.
What is Post-Divorce Modification?
A post-divorce modification is when an ex-spouse has a change in circumstance and is looking to change a previously agreed upon order after the divorce has been concluded and all final orders have been finalized. If you have gone through a major life change since your divorce, a change to the originally decree may be necessary.
Post-Divorce Circumstances Can Change
Following a divorce, you may find that your situation is drastically different from where you started. For example, you may not have custody, and now you suspect that your ex-spouse is putting your children in harmful or unhealthy situations. In other cases, you may have lost your job, making alimony payments difficult or impossible.
When this happens, you’ll be able to file and describe your change of circumstances. Wisconsin judges understand that life can change quickly, leading to changes in your paperwork.
Keep in mind, though, that some changes may require evidence of serious problems if closely following the divorce. Specifically, you may be seeking a custody change only two years after the divorce. In these cases, you’ll need to show that extreme or unusual circumstances are happening.
Wisconsin’s Divorce Modification Process
Once you’ve determined the problem and you’re ready to take your case to court, you’ll first need to gather evidence that you’re in need of a modification. For example, if you’re unable to pay alimony or child support, you may need proof that you lost your job or were demoted.
Once you’re ready, you’ll need to file a petition to have your agreement modified. You’ll present your evidence, and the court will make another decision on your case. From there, your agreement may be modified to fit your new circumstances.
Child support is an exception because you’ll be able to go through the child support agency instead. You’ll contact them, not the courthouse, and provide evidence that you need your support order changed. Once they review your child support modification request, they’ll decide whether to change your agreement not.
Contact Us Today
When your divorce agreement is no longer sustainable, it can be tough to overcome your situation. Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with costly payments or difficult family situations alone. Instead, seek out a lawyer from Karp & Iancu.
We understand that not every divorce decision meets your needs. That’s why we’ll consult with you before you file your petition, ensuring you have the solid case you need. When you’re ready to talk to your Milwaukee post-divorce modification lawyer, contact us by calling 414-453-0800 or by completing the online form below.