Going through a divorce can feel like an emotional rollercoaster. The emotional stages of a divorce can linger long after an agreement has been finalized, making the negotiation process challenging when divorced couples seek to modify parts of their divorce agreement. If the term of your divorce needs to be modified based on substantial changes in circumstances, consider working with an experienced mediator to reach an agreement in a non-combative way.
For more than 20 years, divorce mediators at the Law Office of Polly Tatum have used alternative dispute resolution to help divorced couples and couples getting divorced resolve complex issues in an amicable way. They have handled more than 3,000 post-divorce modifications and divorce mediations in Massachusetts and are highly skilled at helping our clients overcome any emotional roadblocks in an effort to negotiate reasonable agreements. The attorney-client relationship matters to them. Contact the Law Office of Polly Tatum today at (774) 366-3688 to schedule a strategy session with a member of our legal team.
Can A Divorce Agreement Be Changed?
A divorce agreement is not meant to be written in stone. If you or your ex-spouse has lost a job or encountered any other substantial change, the divorce agreement can be modified based on your children’s best interests. Obtain experienced legal help from a family law firm. This is a complicated area of family law. A child custody modification, for example, could ultimately cause child support to be modified. The right mediator will understand how modifying parts of the divorce agreement could potentially affect other areas of the divorce agreement.
In Worcester County, mediators are not required to obtain a professional license. Some mediators have no background in the law and can overlook all the legal implications that need to be addressed. Our Worcester post-divorce modification lawyer is an experienced mediator and family law attorney.
What Factors Can Modify A Divorce Decree?
We are fully prepared to help divorced couples take into account potential ramifications when modifying parts of their divorce agreement, including:
A job loss, demotion, and other factors can affect a parent’s ability to make timely child support payments. A change in child custody could also prompt child support to be modified. We can help you modify or enforce the child support arrangement based on your child’s best interests.
Child custody can be modified based on your child’s best interests. For example, parental relocation may prompt child custody to be modified. If your ex needs to move away for a job, you may pursue a child custody modification so your child can remain in the same school year with as little disruption as possible. We could then work out a parenting time agreement for your child to spend the summers with your ex. Every case is fact-specific. We are committed to making sure every detail is covered in your child’s best interests.
Financial concerns can quickly cause emotions to spiral out of control. Ms. Tatum acts as a neutral third party to help divorced couples overcome emotional barriers when seeking to modify or enforce spousal support arrangements. She is highly knowledgeable about the formula used to determine how much and how long spouses qualify for alimony support. Ms. Tatum uses her legal background to facilitate an open discussion focused on helping spouses reach an agreement in a non-combative way.
A wide range of issues can be addressed in post-divorce mediation. Whether your child needs to be added to your health care insurance or you want to set up a plan for financing your student’s college education, mediation can be an effective tool to resolve issues in a non-adversarial process. Our post-divorce modification mediation attorney in Worcester has extensive experience helping divorced couples identify realistic yet creative solutions.
How Do I Request A Modification?
You must file a motion to modify with the court and serve the court order to your ex-spouse. If you are considering filing a motion, it is important to understand the potential consequences. It can result in a change of child custody, child support, or alimony. It can also result in the enforcement of an existing agreement. In order to file, you must have grounds for doing so. Grounds for filing can include a change in income, a change in custody, or a change in the needs of the child.
Once a motion to modify is filed, the court will set a hearing date. At the hearing, both sides will have an opportunity to present evidence and argue their positions. The court will then issue a ruling based on the evidence presented.
If one side presents convincing evidence that a change is warranted, the court may grant a temporary modification while the case is still pending. This will allow the affected party time to adjust to the new arrangement.
If you are considering seeking a modification of your divorce agreement, it is important to consult with an experienced Worcester post-divorce modification lawyer who can help you navigate the process.
Should I Contact A Skilled Worcester Custody Modifications Attorney?
Post-divorce mediation can be an effective way to overcome any emotional barriers when seeking to modify child custody, child support, or spousal support. Mediator Polly A. Tatum is highly experienced at facilitating open discussions to help divorced couples focus on critical details that need to be addressed.
To learn more about the value of post-divorce mediation, reference our law firm’s mediation FAQ. Evening and weekend appointments are available. All major credit cards are accepted. Contact the Law Office of Polly Tatum online or call (774) 366-3688 to schedule a strategy session.