A decree has been issued and the divorce drama is finally over — or is it? Sometimes, legal issues continue long after the perceived conclusion of a divorce. Unfortunately, many people let down their guard at this point, leading to major problems down the road. Read on to learn how you can avoid the most common post-judgment mistakes.
Neglecting to Follow Court Orders
The court’s authority doesn’t disappear when you leave the courtroom. If you fail to abide by court orders regarding child support, alimony, or parenting time, you could face severe repercussions. Don’t ignore orders you find distasteful — seek modification through proper avenues.
Failing to Provide Sufficient Evidence of the Need for Modification
Your circumstances could change considerably after divorce, leaving you struggling to make child support payments or handle parenting time. Modification may be possible, but unless you and your spouse agree to these changes, you’ll want ample evidence to support your claims. Without proper documentation, your motion to modify may be denied. A strategic approach complete with substantial evidence will also prove necessary if you object to your ex’s motion to modify.
Not Working with a Family Attorney
Legal representation is just as important after your divorce as it is during the dissolution process. Your attorney can help you successfully modify your divorce judgment or combat unwarranted requests for modification from your ex. This is not the time to go it alone; without the support of a skilled attorney, you risk losing either the desirable outcome you gained in divorce or the hope for a better post-divorce arrangement.
The team at the law firm of Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. can guide you through the full divorce process, including post-judgment matters. Reach out today to learn more about the broad scope of our family services.