How Many Times Can I Make Adjustments To The Divorce Decree?

“Change is the law of life.

Those who look only to the past or present

are certain to miss the future.”

John F. Kennedy

Family law courts in Southern California seek to divide assets equitably and do what’s in the best interests of the children in divorce proceedings. That being said, judges can only make decisions about a particular divorce on the basis of the information that he or she has at the time. There is no way to know, for example if child support orders will need to be changed down the road due to a job loss. There is no way to foresee the necessity to change visitation orders due to a job transfer. How can the court know, for example, that one of the children will have health issues that make what was an adequate amount of child support seem insufficient? So, how many times can someone make adjustments to a divorce decree?

Modifications/ Adjustments To a Divorce Decree

Since there is no way to foresee the future, California family law provides for modifications to orders given within divorce. This would include spousal support, visitation, child support, and even custody orders could be reconsidered based on new circumstances.

There is no limitation to the number of adjustments that can be made to a divorce decree because there are no limitations to the amount changes a person or family can experience after a divorce decree has been made. Here are a few questions you may ask yourself to find out if a divorce decree modification is in order.

  • Has either spouse experienced a dramatic financial change (positive or negative)?
  • Is either spouse about to relocate more than 100 miles?
  • Has a reasonable amount of time passed since the decree was given?
  • Has a reasonable amount of time passed since the last modification was made?
  • Were there any substantial changes to the needs of the children (eg. health concerns)?
  • Will the courts see these changes as being in the best interests of the kids?
  • Will the courts see these changes as being reasonable for the parents?
  • Has one of the parents committed a crime that would put the kids in danger?
  • Has the home environment become dangerous or unfit for the children?

Ready To Pursue Divorce Decree Modifications?

If you believe you are ready to pursue modifications to an existing divorce decree, enlist the help of experienced California divorce modification attorney Ann A. Thomson. Our team is ready to pursue the best possible outcome for you and your family in light of the changes that necessitate this modification. Let us walk you through the process from the start and help guide you around common pitfalls along the way.

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