Modifying The Terms Of Your Divorce
When the circumstances of your life change, the attorneys of Thomas W. Hunter, P.C., in Illinois, are prepared to represent your interests, filing to modify existing decrees to reflect the new situations in your life.
Our exclusive focus on family law issues since 1974 indicates the depth of our experience in the resolution of modification issues. Whether you need an increase in child support, a reduction in alimony obligations, or a restructuring of your visitation schedule, we will work with you to develop and present the most persuasive case under the facts.
What Are The Grounds For A Modification?
A judge has wide sway over granting or rejecting a modification petition. However, a strong showing of materially changed circumstances will usually result in changes to a divorced spouse's rights or obligations. This can include a change in circumstances like:
Relocation of one or both spouses, as well as relocation of a child
Changes in income or earning potential of one or both spouses
Significant lifestyle changes, including remarriage
Medical disability affecting a parent or child
We will help you document and gather evidence to show why the change is being requested and, in cases where children are involved, why it is in the best interest of the child to do so.
In some cases, a modification may not be possible, but our lawyers can help you enforce your rights if your spouse is failing to live up to his or her obligations. Certain violations of divorce decrees carry severe consequences that go well beyond enforcement of the original obligation. For example, default in the payment of child support obligations that continues beyond 90 days can result in the suspension of a driver's license.
The post-decree process can be highly emotional, reviving emotions from the original divorce proceedings. We provide calm and clear direction throughout the modifications process, lending perspective and helping our clients through in the least disruptive manner possible.
Achieving Resolutions That Protect Your And Your Children's Interests
We are committed to helping you do what is best for you and your children. Each case is different, and we will provide guidance that is customized to your situation and work toward an agreement that achieves your unique goals.
To arrange a free consultation to discuss how a skilled family law attorney can assist you in achieving a modification, contact our office to set up a free consultation.