When you and your ex finalized your divorce, you likely also finalized agreements related to spousal maintenance and, if you share children, custody, visitation, and child support. Perhaps those arrangements worked well for you before, but now, for whatever reason, they simply don’t. Life changes happen all the time, so it’s not uncommon for other areas of your life to need to change with them. It may be a good idea to seek the aid of a family attorney who can help you navigate modifying your agreements.
Hembree Bell Law Firm has the experience and proficiency to walk you through the modification process swiftly and efficiently. We will sit down with you and talk about your current arrangements, why they no longer suit you or your children’s best interests, and help develop solutions that can lead you to achieving the vision you have for your life. While we are wholly committed to working to resolve your legal matters, we are also dedicated to building relationships in the process; we want to understand your goals and desires in an effort to better serve you. Call our skilled San Antonio modification lawyers today to schedule your free initial case evaluation and learn more!
What Is The Purpose Of Modification?
Either party can initiate the modification process if the current post-divorce agreements are no longer conducive for them. Most commonly, individuals tend to seek modifications for spousal maintenance, child support, child custody, and visitation agreements. There are several reasons modifications might be needed, such as one parent’s loss of a job, relocation, financial hardship, or a new relationship.
Additionally, a judge may approve modifications if one parent exhibits behavior that violates a certain standard or the current custody/visitation arrangement no longer reflects the child’s best interests. Such circumstances might be that of:
- Excessive alcohol use
- Substance abuse
- Criminal acts
- CPS involvement
- Instances of neglect
- And more.
What Are The Benefits Of Modification?
Working with our knowledgeable San Antonio modification lawyers to modify your current agreements can have many benefits, such as:
Improved child custody or visitation arrangements – as children grow, time sharing arrangements may need to be adjusted to reflect the changes in their life
Fair financial arrangements – changes in income (both good and bad) are likely to happen and many points in a person’s life; financial agreements such as spousal maintenance or child support may need to be adjusted to reflect those changes, as well
Reduced conflict – if current agreements are leading to arguments and tension between you and your former spouse because they no longer suit your lives, modifying them to address the challenges could bring an end to the conflict; this is especially favorable if your children are often caught in the middle of their parents’ fights
Legal protection and compliance – modifications can prevent misunderstandings and disputes by specifying the terms and conditions of changes to the original agreements(s) and help you avoid legal complications or challenges
How Can Our San Antonio Modification Lawyers Help Parties Reach An Agreement On Modifications?
Modifications can be achieved through routes such as mediation, negotiation, and litigation. Ultimately, this will depend on the specific needs and circumstances of the parties involved. If you and your former spouse have remained in an amicable relationship or are able to work together without letting past resentments enter the conversation, mediation is a productive and cooperative approach. Negotiation allows each of you to discuss and agree on changes outside of court, guided by each of your attorneys. We know that collaboration is not always an option, though, and in the event that litigation becomes necessary, you can rely on Hembree Bell to be your aggressive advocate in court.
When A Change In Circumstance Warrants A Change In Your Agreements, Trust Hembree Bell Law Firm
Don’t spend another day in an arrangement that is outdated and inefficient. Allow our adept San Antonio modification lawyers to navigate you through the process and resolve your legal matter. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation and discover how our team can lead you to the life you want to live.