After a divorce, the terms that were set at the time of the marriage's
end can still have a large influence on your life. It may regulate how
often you see your children, if you are ordered to make payments to a
spouse or if you are being paid child support while caring for your children.
Many people find that the situation that was present during the divorce
is no longer the case. You may be following orders for circumstances that
no longer exist.
Some couples choose to make a change together and they use each other's
oral agreement as enough proof. This will not stand up in court and the
change must be done legally. Even if your spouse has said they agree,
they may change their mind later and you leave yourself open to ramifications
from the court. A spouse could seek enforcement of orders and this can
also leave you with unfortunate costs. The order is from the court so
any changes to it must be done with them. This protects you and provides
greater certainty for the changes.
Changes may be necessary in different scenarios. An adjustment can be sought
by both parties and this may be in regards to visitation rights, child
custody, spousal support and child support. It may be to lower or increase
payments, as well as gaining more or less custodial rights with a child.
It is best to speak with a professional quickly about the situation. Some
circumstances can need to be changed more immediately, such as lowering
spousal support payments after the loss of a job. If this is not done
soon then it can end up costing money you don't have. Speak with a
Tampa divorce lawyer from our firm through a free consultation today about
your divorce law needs.