Kane County Post Divorce Modification and Enforcement Lawyers
Post Divorce Modification and Enforcement Attorneys in Batavia, Geneva, Elburn, and Throughout Illinois
Though most divorce settlements address the current and future needs of two parties and their children, oftentimes circumstances within each household change. It can be necessary to modify the original divorce decree of child custody arrangement. Or, in other instances, one party may fail to meet their end of a divorce settlement thus prompting the other side to go back to court.
At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers have experience handling complex post divorce modification and enforcement matters. We advocate for our clients' best interests, whether through negotiation or courtroom litigation and set realistic expectations for these challenging family law situations.
Modifying Support and Child Custody Arrangements
Over time, the financial circumstances of a former spouse can change, so one party may request to modify an alimony (spousal maintenance) or child support order. For example, if one party pays alimony and loses his or her job, a modification of those payments may be considered reasonable until the payor can provide sufficient payment again. Similarly, if the receiving party becomes self-sufficient and their income increases, the payor may ask for a reduction or termination of alimony.
Changes to child custody may also be made after an original divorce decree. However, the court may be reluctant to change a custody order unless there has been a significant uproot in either party's circumstances. If one parent proves the other of endangering a child or maintaining an unfit environment for the child, a modification can be granted by a judge. Likewise, if one parent does not follow the custody arrangements (as in preventing visitation), that can be grounds for child custody modification.
Removal of a Child Out-of-State
If a custodial parent receives a better paying job, for example, that parent may petition the court for removal, or moving to another state. As with all family law cases, the court will consider the child's best interests above all else. A judge will consider the following:
- Motives for the move;
- Motives for the opposing party;
- Quality of life the child will have after the move; and
- Current and future visitation arrangements.
Enforcement of Support and Custody in Kane County
In many instances, the terms of a divorce decree may be disregarded. If one party fails to pay child support or alimony, there are legal consequences he or she can face. Also, legal options are available to enforce child custody orders. Our attorneys can help you decide how to move forward if you ex-spouse has violated a support or custody order. We can help both parties resolve the issues through mediation, or when an amicable solution cannot be reached, we are prepared to represent your needs in court.
For more information about the modification of child support, alimony, or child custody orders, contact our attorneys at 630-462-9500630-462-9500. Meet with a skilled lawyer from The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. today. We assist clients in Kane County and throughout the surrounding city and suburban areas.