Life is unpredictable. Circumstances change. Maybe you lost your job. Perhaps your spouse was just promoted and now has twice the income. What if the financial needs of your children have increased in ways you never imagined? Things happen. And sometimes they seem to happen all at once. So if the original family law order doesn’t seem fair anymore, you may be wondering whether you can have it modified.
Some orders are modifiable and others are not. For example, a court cannot modify orders as to the division of property and debt, money judgments, attorney fees and costs judgments. However, depending on the facts and circumstances of your case, a court may modify orders for child custody, child support and health insurance. Alimony may be modified unless the parties previously agreed the original order awarding or denying maintenance was not subject to modification.
If you need to speak with experienced St. Louis alimony lawyers, you can contact McChesney & Ortwerth for a free consultation.
It is important to understand that the party requesting modification has the burden of proof. The court will not modify the prior order simply because you ask. The fact that you had a change of heart is not enough. You must present the court with evidence of a substantial change in your circumstances and persuade the judge that your situation is more than temporary. Each case is decided on its own merits. Contact McChesney & Ortwerth to discuss your situation today.
McChesney & Ortwerth use their power and success to win our clients modification cases at an affordable cost. If circumstances regarding your divorce, child support, or child custody have changed, and you need a modification to your previous agreement, contact McChesney & Ortwerth for a FREE consultation.