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How Our Fort Wayne Lawyers Can Assist with Order Modifications

Helping you adjust to your changing life and circumstances

While people usually look forward to moving on after settling a legal matter, court orders may need to be revisited to account for changing circumstances. While not all aspects of a divorce decree are open to change, child support and child custody modifications are actually common. Additionally, spousal maintenance modifications may be accomplished under some special circumstances. As divorce lawyers with extensive post-decree experience, our team at Shilts & Setlak, LLC can advise you of the circumstances that make modification possible.

Child custody modification

To modify a child custody order, parents must prove that there has been a substantial change in at least one of the custody factors since the last order was entered and also that the proposed modification would be in the child’s best interests.

When a custodial parent wants to relocate with the child, however, a different set of rules applies. Parents who want to move must request permission from the court and provide the other parent with notice and the opportunity to object. Either party also may ask the court to set a hearing to modify any existing custody or parenting time orders based on consideration of several factors:

  • The distance involved in the relocation
  • Whether the relocating parent has engaged in a pattern of conduct to obstruct the other parent’s rights
  • The reasons for the relocation or against the relocation
  • The hardship and expense it will cause on the other parent
  • The feasibility of preserving the relationship between the child and non-relocating parent
  • Any other factors affecting the child’s best interests

Maintenance and child support modification

A child support order may be changed only under one of two circumstances:

  • A substantial and continuing change in circumstances makes the existing order unreasonable.
  • The current order has been in place for at least one year and the new order will differ from the current child support order (up or down) by more than 20 percent.

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To modify a spousal maintenance order after divorce, one must show that a substantial and continuing change in circumstances has made the existing order unreasonable. Most often, spousal maintenance is subject to downward modification or termination. However, upward modification is occasionally approved.

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Contact attorneys who understand post-decree family law

In certain situations, a divorce decree or child custody order is not final. Parents and divorcées should never be afraid to seek the modifications they need to accommodate their changing lives. At Shilts & Setlak, LLC, we assist current clients with any modification issues that may arise and take on new clients who are seeking a modification. If you want to change the terms of your decree or order or the other party wants a change and you want to know your rights, call our office today at 260-489-0700 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation for only a nominal fee. We are conveniently located in suburban Fort Wayne and offer free parking.