Divorce orders issued by the court are meant to last a considerable amount of time, if not indefinitely, yet they are based only on current information and speculation. Sometimes unforeseen and significant life changes can occur that make divorce orders unusable or unreasonable. In such a situation, a modification may be necessary.
Henderson, Raque, and Cain can provide dedicated legal instruction and representation from our team of Murfreesboro divorce attorneys. If you need to petition for a modification, turn to us for the high-caliber help you need and deserve. You can even start with a FREE phone consultation – just call (615) 933-2789.
You will find that Tennessee family law courts tend to value their own decisions greatly. When you request a modification, you are asking the court to undo its past decision and create another ruling. In order to gain approval, you must show that a significant life change has occurred, and that it and a preexisting court order has since put you in undue duress.
There is no divorce agreement or decree that cannot be modified under the right circumstances and with the right proof of necessity. For alimony and child support payments to be altered, you must show that your financial situation or that of your spouse has considerably changed, for worse or for better, depending on the modification you are seeking. For example: If you are disabled by a serious injury and cannot maintain a comfortable lifestyle after workers’ compensation or Social Security benefits, you could petition for an increase in spousal support, assuming you were receiving it before your accident.
For visitation, child custody, and relocation rights, money is usually not the main concern, but instead your case will be focused on your inability to complete an order without undue stress. For example: If you become bedridden from a chronic illness, you could petition to shift more child custody responsibilities to your ex-spouse.
Modifications are not a legal process to take lightly, as the finest details weigh heavily on the court’s next decision. In an ideal situation, your ex-spouse will approve of your modifications and essentially bypass the court altogether, but it pays to prepare for anything. Contact our Murfreesboro family lawyers today to put 20+ years of total legal experience in your corner.