A Post-Decree Modification Attorney Helps Keep Divorce Rulings Effective and Realistic
A San Antonio family lawyer can review your case and advise you of your options
Divorce decrees are final rulings issued by family courts. But they are issued at a fixed point in time based on the divorcing couple’s circumstances when the ruling is made. Life goes on afterward, and when circumstances change, divorce decrees can be modified.
If you live in San Antonio or anywhere in Bexar County, Texas and feel you have a valid case for a post-decree modification of your divorce agreement, contact Joseph P. Appelt today. Our law firm puts nearly 20 years of experience to work for you.
When should I seek a post-decree modification?
Many circumstances can impact your ability to live up to the terms of your divorce decree. For example, a job loss or serious illness can result in a major change to your financial situation, leaving you unable to make your scheduled child or spousal support payments.
In amicable divorces, spouses may verbally agree to defer or change their arrangement without court approval. But this can lead to disaster for the following reasons:
- Without an official court-sanctioned modification to your divorce decree, you could be legally liable for any amount in arrears, plus interest.
- Defaulting on a divorce decree can lead to wage garnishment or jail.
- Even a signed agreement between former spouses can be dismissed by a court that was unaware of or did not ratify the agreement.
Post-decree modification attorney Joseph P. Appelt can help you prepare your financial records, medical history and employment background to convince a family court in San Antonio or the surrounding area that your circumstances have changed and your maintenance obligations should be altered. We can also help with child custody issues.
What constitutes a change of circumstances?
San Antonio divorce attorney Joseph P. Appelt can explain the changes in life circumstances that can substantiate a post-decree modification. Under Texas law, child support modification circumstances include:
- A job loss or other change in salary that seriously reduces your net income
- A job promotion that increases the net income of one parent
- A change in the physical needs of the child based on physical or mental illness or another serious issue
- One of the parents relocating to another state
- A home environment that places the child in danger of abuse, negligence, violence, or drug or alcohol abuse
When you need a post-decree modification to your divorce ruling, seek experienced legal assistance
At the San Antonio law firm of Joseph P. Appelt, P.C., we know the types of circumstances that can lead to a post-decree modification of a divorce arrangement. We offer flexible hours and accept all major credit cards. Contact us today online or at [ln::phone] to arrange a free consultation about your case. Se habla espanol.