What Is a Post-Decree Modification?

Many people think the outcome of their family law dispute will be set in stone once a court hands down a judgment, but that's not necessarily true. You may be able to use a post-decree modification to change the terms of a currently existing family law decree.

At the Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C., we can help you find the best path forward in your modification case.

To schedule a consultation with our team or learn more about our legal services, contact us online or via phone at (719) 212-4227.

How Do Post-Decree Modifications Work?

A post-decree modification enables you to change the terms of a legally binding family law decree, so they're more equitable or more accurately reflect your current circumstances.

Generally, people file post-decree modification cases for one of the following types of decrees:

  • An alimony decree, stating how much spousal support a party should pay or receive;
  • A child support decree, stating how much support one party should pay or receive;
  • A child custody decree, stating how much time each party should spend with their child(ren).

Post-decree modification cases typically work in one of two ways:

  1. The parties agree that modifying the decree is in their best interests. In this case, they can draft a prospective decree modification together and bring the case to court. In most instances, judges will approve a decree modification if both parties mutually agree it's the best decision.
  2. The parties disagree that modifying the decree is necessary. In this case, the party that wishes to modify the decree can file a post-decree modification case with the court. Each party (and their lawyers) can display evidence supporting their case. After hearing from both sides, the court will make a final judgment to determine whether (and how) the decree should be modified.

At the Law Office of Greg Quimby, P.C., we'll work with you to pursue a post-decree modification.

To schedule a consultation with our team or learn more about our services, contact us online or via phone at (719) 212-4227.

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