Post Decree Divorce Modification in Colorado Springs
After a divorce is finalized, situations can arise that neither party predicted. When a Colorado resident seeks to modify an existing divorce decree, it means they must revisit that decree and reopen negotiations with their ex-spouse. Oftentimes, divorced parents resolve custody and visitation disputes by referring back to their divorce decree, but sometimes a modification must be made to the decree itself.
Child Custody & Relocation Services
While all US Citizens have the right to travel, parents are also bound by specific parental rights, as outlined in child custody agreements. Conflicts can arise when a custodial parent wishes to relocate their children, which can often lead a divorced couple back to court.
When deciding whether a parent can relocate their children the court must balance the right to travel with parental rights.
The court will consider:
The parent’s reason for relocation
The objections of the other parent
The impact of the move on the child
Educational opportunities for the children
Extended family members living in both the old and new locations
The possibility of creating a parenting time schedule if/when a move takes place
The history and quality of the relations with the child since any previous order was issued
The court may also use other professionals, such as psychologists, to determine the modification of parenting time.
- Potential career enhancement
Colorado Child Support and Spousal Support Modification
Motions to modify child support and alimony are permitted when there has been a significant change in either parent’s circumstances. Usually, the court defines “a significant change” as at least a 10 percent increase or decrease in the amount of support. Spousal maintenance may also be modified as the level of need and the ability to pay changes unless the term "contractual and non-modifiable" is included in the order.
Work with a Reputable Colorado Springs Family Law Attorney
Whether a spouse wishes to relocate or financial issues require a modification of a child or spousal support agreement, it is possible to make changes to the decree. If you need to address a change in circumstances or something that was left out of your original divorce decree, please contact the Marrison Family Law firm or give us a call at (719) 577-9292. We will work with you to create a solution to your post-decree legal issues.
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