Chicago Lawyers Answer Post-Decree Proceeding FAQs
Can Nottage and Ward, LLP help me if circumstances change after my divorce?
What if my former spouse refuses to comply with the judge's orders?
Can modifications be made to the divorce decree if my lifestyle changes?
Would modifying the original terms of judgment require going to court again?
Is there a time limit to filing a petition to modify the existing terms?
Can Nottage and Ward, LLP help me after my divorce even if they did not represent me during my divorce?
Q: Can Nottage and Ward, LLP help me if circumstances change after my divorce?
A: Yes. Disputes often arise after a divorce in Chicago, especially in the areas of child allocation and visitation and support. These disputes may require modification of the original terms of your divorce decree.
Q: What if my former spouse refuses to comply with the judge's orders?
A: In the event that your former spouse is not complying with the terms of your divorce decree, legal counsel will be necessary to enforce the existing or modified order.
Q: Can modifications be made to the divorce decree if my lifestyle changes?
A: Yes. Changes in your personal and professional life, such as being transferred to another state for work, a salary raise or reduction, military deployment, prolonged illness or disability, or remarrying may make complying with the original terms of the divorce impossible. Therefore, the judgment, in terms of child allocation, child support, visitation, and maintenance, should reflect your new circumstances.
Q: Would modifying the original terms of judgment require going to court again?
A: Yes, a hearing is required to make modifications to the original court order. The first step is to file a post-judgment modification petition and then go from there.
Q: Is there a time limit to filing a petition to modify the existing terms?
A: In most cases, no. You cannot always predict how or when your personal and professional circumstances will change and so it would be unrealistic to impose a time limit to modify the original divorce decree. However, in the case of child allocation and visitation, the court may not allow any modifications of the original order if it is deemed to be not in the best interest of the child. For example, if your child lives with your former spouse and attends school in that area, the court may not grant a modification order that would move your child to your residence if that means having to leave family, friends, and current school. Generally, an Illinois court does not revisit child allocation for to the first 2 years to avoid instability for the child. But, as the court governs its decisions by what is "in the best interest of the child," circumstances may allow for an earlier modification of visitation or other provisions.
Q: Can Nottage and Ward, LLP help me after my divorce even if they did not represent me during my divorce?
A: Absolutely! Even if you were represented by another firm during your divorce, our dedicated Chicago post-judgment modification attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP can help you adjust your divorce terms to better suit your needs and the needs of your family. To tell us about your case, call (312) 332-2915 for a consultation.
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