DuPage County Divorce Lawyer
A divorce is finalized when the court enters a divorce decree and approves the divorce settlement – but that is not necessarily the end of the story. Even after a divorce settlement is finalized, there are various family law issues that can arise. For instance, if a parent loses his or her job, a modification to the child support order may be necessary. Similarly, as a child’s needs change, a modification to the visitation (parenting time) agreement may be appropriate.
At Erlich Law Office, LLC, our DuPage County divorce lawyer understands that life goes on after divorce and that circumstances may change such that a post-decree modification will be necessary. We help clients deal with post-decree disputes, including those involving interpretation disputes, modification requests, and enforcement actions.
If you are dealing with a post-decree dispute, contact Erlich Law Office at (630) 538-5331 to schedule a free consultation with our post-decree modification attorney.
Common Types of Post-Divorce Decree Disputes
After the divorce settlement is finalized and the divorce decree is entered into court, there are a number of issues that can arise. The following are some of the more common types of post-decree disputes:
- Modifications to child custody (parental responsibility) or visitation arrangement (parenting time). Many times a parent will experience a change in employment or living circumstances that might make a modification to the child custody (parental responsibility) or visitation (parenting time) arrangement necessary. Another common reason for modifications to a visitation (parenting time) plan is when the child’s needs change significantly. For instance, the child may become actively involved with a sport or extracurricular activity that might require changes to the visitation (parenting time) plan. Modifications to child custody (parental responsibility) and visitation (parenting time) arrangements may also be necessary to protect the safety of a child. For instance, if a parent with joint custody (parental responsibility) can no longer safely care for the child, a modification of the divorce decree to establish sole custody (responsibility) may be required.
- Modifications to child support order. Changes to the child support order typically happen when the noncustodial parent has a significant employment change, such as a termination or promotion. Modifications to the child support order are also necessary when the oldest child in the family reaches the age of 18, but there are still younger children for whom the noncustodial parent has child support obligations.
- Enforcement of child support order. If the noncustodial parent fails to pay court-ordered child support payments, the custodial parent can seek an enforcement action in court. The non-payment of child support can result in serious consequences, including criminal penalties, substantial fines, suspension of driver’s license privileges, wage garnishment, and civil judgments.
Get Divorce Legal Advice
If you are divorced and involved with a post-decree dispute, look no further than the DuPage County divorce attorney at Erlich Law Office. We seek to resolve disputes as fairly, amicably, and efficiently as possible to avoid unnecessary delay and expense. Contact our office today at (630) 538-5331 to schedule a free consultation with our divorce and family law attorney.