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IL divorce lawyerIt is important, when going through the divorce process, to be as thorough as possible when addressing things like property division, alimony, and child custody, which includes considering one’s future needs. Unfortunately, even parties who use the greatest care could end up overlooking an important matter. In other cases, one of the parties could undergo a significant life change that makes their current divorce agreement unworkable. In these cases, the party in question can seek a post-judgment modification, although doing so can be a complicated and time-consuming process, so if you have questions about changing a parenting plan, alimony agreement, or property settlement, you should speak with a DuPage County, IL divorce attorney who is well-versed in post-decree modifications and enforcement.

Modification Options

Divorce decrees are legally binding orders, so courts are generally wary of modifying their terms. In fact, in some cases, it just isn’t possible to change a decree at all. Illinois judges do, however, recognize that some things are out of our control, or that a person’s circumstances could change after a certain amount of time has passed. A child support arrangement that made sense even a few years ago, for instance, may become obsolete or unworkable, in which case, a court may be willing to review and change the terms of the agreement. In any case, there are really only two ways to modify the terms of divorce-related agreements: by agreement or court order.

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IL divorce lawyerWhen a court order is established regarding child support payments or child custody, it is meant to last, but that does not mean it is not subject to alterations. In the state of Illinois, post-decree modifications are common in court order surrounding divorce. Whether you are looking to adjust your child support or child custody order, it is important to understand the steps you need to take to ensure those changes can be made. The most critical step you can take in this process is hiring a skilled attorney with experience in cases of post-decree modifications.

Understanding Post-Decree Modifications

At the conclusion of a divorce case, a judge will sign an order or decree that will resolve various issues surrounding the divorce. In order to seek a modification to the order, you will need to file a motion. If you believe changes are necessary to the order, it is important to file the motion in a timely fashion. It should be noted that in order to seek post-decree modifications you and your attorney must be able to note significant changes that have occurred since the time of the initial order. In issues of child support, these changes most commonly revolve around changes in either parent’s income. If you are paying child support to your former spouse and you lose your job, you should file a motion to adjust the amount of child support owed, rather than being delinquent on your child support payments.

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