Chicago Post-Decree Dispute Lawyers
An Illinois post-decree proceeding takes place after a decree of divorce, legal separation, or dissolution of marriage. A post-decree proceeding may address parental rights and responsibilities, parenting time, child support, spousal maintenance (alimony), and other arrangements, including modification and or enforcement issues.
Post-decree disputes can arise when unforeseen circumstances develop for either former spouse. Some examples include one party being laid off or getting a pay raise that may result in child support and maintenance adjustments, or one parent relocating to another city or state, which could affect parenting time. Many divorcing couples believe that once the decree of divorce is complete, it’s final. However, because finances, lifestyle, and other circumstances can change without notice, couples may still need court intervention even after their Illinois divorce is finalized.
At Nottage and Ward, LLP, our Chicago family law attorneys understand how emotions can run high when post-decree issues arise. That is why we provide rational and effective solutions specific to each of our clients’ unique situations. Whether you would like to enforce stipulations of your divorce judgment that your ex is not adhering to, or you believe that details of your decree should be altered, our law firm can help set matters straight.
Dispute or modification proceedings are decided by a judge; however, if strong evidence of material changes of lifestyle or monetary responsibilities is presented, modifications will likely be made to the existing decree. Both parties may seek or oppose a modification. Division of property issues that were not handled in the divorce decree may require attention at a later time. While Illinois does not allow for modification of property distribution, items that were not disclosed or addressed can be dealt with in a post-decree.
Document efficiency may play a key role in whether or not a post-decree can be made or modified. For example, if a divorce decree specifically states that maintenance may not be increased, no matter the circumstances, a court will usually uphold those wishes. To ensure that the wishes of the divorcing couple are properly enforced and valid, it is important to have all documentation reviewed by an attorney.
The lawyers at Nottage and Ward, LLP, pride themselves on providing reasonable and realistic legal counsel to divorcing couples and have extensive experience in handling financial, parenting, divorce disputes, and other family law matters. With over 25 years in business, our Chicago divorce attorneys have the competency and skill to ensure that our clients are treated fairly and that all legal agreements, including divorce decrees and post-decree modifications, are upheld according to Illinois matrimonial law.
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