Divorce can end a marriage. It may not, however, permanently resolve the legal issues between a former couple. As life circumstances evolve, new issues can arise, and exes may need to seek changes to the court orders issued during their divorce.
At The Datz Law Firm, our Broomfield family lawyers are experienced at representing clients in any type of post-divorce matter. Whether you need to seek or dispute a modification related to existing custody orders, support payment orders or other court orders, our attorneys are ready to advise and guide you at every step of the process, aggressively protecting your interests as we work relentlessly to obtain the best resolutions possible.
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Spousal Support Modifications
The party paying or receiving spousal support can request a modification of these payments when changing circumstances necessitate it. The grounds for requesting a modification of spousal support in Colorado can include (and may not be limited to) significant and continuing changes impacting either party’s:
- Income, assets or property – Losing a job or having to file for bankruptcy are a few examples of these types of financial changes.
- Child-related expenses – These expenses can increase when, for instance, one party may have another child.
Please be aware, however, that a final divorce decree may stipulate that spousal support cannot be changed in the future. When this is case, it may not be possible to request a modification of these payments.
Child Custody Modifications
When parents need to modify parenting time arrangements, a Motion to Modify Parenting Time will need to be filed with the court. Typically, there will need to be a legitimate reason for requesting the modification, like (but not limited to):
- A parent is moving.
- A parent has developed a new health impairment or condition.
- A parent has been convicted of a crime and/or has been incarcerated.
- A child is in danger under the provisions of the current parenting plan.
Here, it is also important to point out that:
- When modifying parenting time arrangements, the court may also make changes to child support orders and/or orders related to each parent’s decision-making authority for the child.
- Generally, the court will only consider motions for custody modification two years after the date of a previous motion (unless the current situation endangers the child’s wellbeing). This means that, if a parent has sought a custody modification within the past two years, (s)he will typically have to wait until two years has passed (from the date of the previous modification) to seek another change to these orders.
Child Support Modifications
For modifications to existing child support orders, one parent must be able to establish a substantial and ongoing change affecting his or her circumstances and finances. Specifically, grounds for requesting child support modifications in Colorado can include (but may not be limited to) the following:
- Either parent has experienced a substantial change in income due to, for instance, job loss or disability.
- There has been a significant change in the costs of raising a child due to, for instance, the child developing a new condition associated with additional health care costs.
- There has been a substantial change in the parenting time arrangement.
Here, it’s important for parents to understand that:
- They must continue making their child support payments until the court issues a ruling regarding their modification request.
- It can take up to six months for the court to review and rule on a motion to modify child support.
Contact an Experienced Broomfield Divorce & Family Law Attorney at The Datz Law Firm
For experienced help seeking or disputing a post-divorce modification, contact a trusted Broomfield divorce & family law attorney at The Datz Law Firm by calling (720) 573-0539 or emailing us for a case evaluation.
At The Datz Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping our clients protect their rights, overcome challenging family legal issues and move forward to a brighter future. Proud to offer the same level of advocacy and service would want in our clients’ shoes, our lawyers are ready to help you work towards your legal objectives so you can put the conflict behind you.
From our Broomfield office, The Datz Law Firm represents clients throughout the state of Colorado in various types of family law cases.