When a divorce gets finalized, it sometimes brings a sense of relief and closure, as it signifies the end of a difficult chapter. However, it is important to remember that life is dynamic, and circumstances can change even after your divorce decree is final. Potential issues may arise that could affect the court’s orders in key areas that have already been concluded on such as custody and visitation arrangements, child support, alimony and divided properties.

In this article, we will explore some common challenges faced by people post-divorce. Continue reading to find valuable tips on how to navigate these challenges to ensure that what the court has decreed stays that way.

Child Custody and Visitation

After a divorce, changes in circumstances may occur that affect the agreed  child custody and visitation arrangements. For example, if one spouse relocates due to a job opportunity, or if there are concerns about the child’s safety or well-being. If such changes occur, it is crucial to seek legal advice promptly. Consult with your family law attorney to determine the best course of action and explore the possibility of modifying the existing custody and visitation orders to accommodate the new circumstances.

Child Support

Financial situations can change over time, affecting the ability to meet child support obligations. If you find yourself facing financial difficulties that prevent you from fulfilling your child support obligations, it is essential to take proactive steps to address the issue. Contact an expert divorce attorney and provide documentation of your changed financial circumstances. Our attorneys can assist you in seeking a modification of the child support order based on your current income and financial situation.

Spousal Support

Similar to child support, spousal support (also known as alimony) may need to be modified if there are substantial changes in one person’s financial circumstances. For instance, if the receiving spouse gets great employment or receives a significant inheritance, this could potentially impact the court’s prior decree. You should discuss these changes with your lawyer so they can guide you in petitioning the court for a modification of spousal support.

Property Division

Property division is often settled during the divorce process, but circumstances can change post-divorce, which requires such an order to be modified or clarified. Such a scenario is possible if hidden assets are discovered, or assets are found to be inaccurately valued. If you believe that the property division decree of your divorce requires modification due to changed circumstances or any other relevant factor, you can discuss with our attorneys to strategize on an action plan.

Tips for Navigating Post-Divorce Challenges

Maintain Open Communication

 Effective communication is vital when addressing potential issues post-divorce. Keep the lines of communication open with your ex-spouse, especially when there are changes to circumstances that may impact court orders. Working together can often lead to mutually agreeable modifications without resorting to adversarial legal proceedings.

Document Changes

Keep detailed records of any significant changes that could impact court-mandated obligations. This includes changes in income, job status, medical conditions, or any other relevant factors. These records will serve as valuable evidence should you need to petition the court for modifications.

Seek Legal Counsel

You will need the services of experienced divorce attorneys to guide you through any post-divorce process. Your attorney will help you understand the possibilities for adjusted decrees due to change in circumstances and can advocate for your rights and interests in court, if necessary.

Act Promptly

If you encounter post-divorce challenges, it is crucial to address them promptly. Failing to address potential issues in a timely manner could negatively impact your chances of receiving a modification from the court.

While the finalization of a divorce brings a sense of closure, it is important to recognize that life circumstances can change. By understanding the potential challenges that may arise and taking proactive steps to address them, you can navigate post-divorce issues with confidence. Contact us here to get ahead of it.