Just because you agreed to certain things when you got divorced, doesn’t mean those things won’t change at some point after the divorce. For example, you may have a child custody agreement that worked at the time of divorce, but no longer works a year down the road. This is where post-divorce modifications come into play, but what are the different types of post-divorce modifications you can make? Our divorce attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you a few factors that can lead to changes in divorce agreements, post-divorce. If you find yourself needing a post-divorce modification, call Deputy and Mizell for a free consultation.
Factors That Can Lead to Changes in Divorce Agreements – Post Divorce
Alimony is defined as the court ordered payments paid to a person’s spouse or former spouse upon legal separation or divorce. These payments are meant to make for a fair lifestyle for both parties in the event of a legal separation or divorce. The judge looks at several things when awarding alimony such as:
• How long you were married
• The financial need for alimony
• The ability to pay alimony
• The earning capacity of both parties
• The parental responsibilities (if children are involved)
• Financial contributions to the marriage, such as education payments for children, daycare, etc.
• The physical and emotional health of both parties
• The age of both parties
The amount of alimony can change after being divorced. For example, let’s say the wife had no earning capacity at the time of divorce due to taking care of the children full time. Now, years down the road, the kids all full grown and don’t need full time care, to where the former wife could now have time to get a job. Her earning capacity has changed, so therefore her alimony may be changed as well.
Anytime child custody is a factor, the court is looking at what’s in the best interest of the child. For example, at the time of divorce it may have been in the best interest of the child for both parents to share custody, but if one of the parents has since become an alcoholic, the custody agreement may be changed to where full custody is awarded to the sober parent.
Deputy and Mizell is Committed to a Fair Settlement for You and Your Family
Our divorce lawyers at the Lake of Ozarks have helped several clients with their post-divorce modifications and we are ready to assist you in any way we can. While we always attempt to negotiate a fair resolution without the need for costly and painful litigation, our opponents know that we will not hesitate to go to court in order to protect our clients’ interests. In addition to post divorce modifications, we also help clients with the following:
-Divorce, including high-asset divorce
-Child custody and visitation
-Spousal maintenance or alimony
-Property division, including business valuation and division
-Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
Call the family law attorneys at Deputy and Mizell for help on any one of these issues today at 417-532-2191. For more information of the other services we provide, visit our website at www.DeputyandMizell.com.
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