Modifications in Missouri
Circumstances change, and as a result, your ability to pay child support, your desires for child custody, or your need for maintenance / alimony, may change as well. Many people think that the terms of a divorce are always final, but some items can be amended with the help of modifications. Pursuing a modification involves going to court and requires the help of a skilled divorce attorney in St. Louis.
If you need assistance with a modification, don't hesitate to call a lawyer at The Buxner Law Firm for help. We understand how to carefully present your case to the court in order to have the terms of a divorce settlement changed. Our legal team is here to advocate for your best interests.
How to Obtain a Modification
Obtaining a modification is a process that is best served with the help of an attorney. Prior to going to court, you can talk with your ex to see if you can modify the terms of your agreement on your own.
If you are negotiating a minor detail, such as moving visitation days from Saturday to Sunday, you may be able to do so without getting the court involved. Bigger changes, however, such as terminating spousal maintenance or revoking child visitation time, will require court involvement.
When a modification is required, you will need to:
- Determine the aspect you want to amend
- File a motion with the court where you obtained your initial judgment
- List the reasons you want to amend your judgment
- Serve the other party a notice of modification
- Attend a court hearing
- Respond appropriately to the court's determination
Types of Modifications
Many aspects of a divorce judgment can be modified. It is easier to obtain a modification if you and your ex-spouse or partner are in agreement about the modification. If your ex does not believe that the modification is necessary, this could lead to a complicated and heated court battle.
Some of the modifications frequently requested in Missouri are:
- Amending terms of custody
- Amending visitation schedules
- Amending the amount of maintenance provided
- Modifying payment designations, such as who will pay for college, etc.
- Amending spousal or child support due to a change of income or cost of living
- Amending the terms of child support due to changes in expenses
- Revoking child custody or visitation due to domestic violence or abuse
Hire a St. Louis Divorce Modification Attorney
When it comes to divorce modifications, you need a determined and experienced lawyer who won't back down in your case. We are fierce in the courtroom and will do all that we can to give you the results you need. We have successfully represented thousands of clients in various trials throughout St. Louis.
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