Utah family courts are very strict. Once the court hands down a divorce settlement, both parties are required to comply with all conditions. But what happens when there is a major change in your life or your ex spouse? Few things in life are guaranteed. However, there is one absolute. Your life is going to change. Whether you have gained or lost a job or you are ready to relocate, these changes can have a huge impact on your divorce decree. Whether it is child custody, alimony or child support, sooner or later you may need to make changes to your divorce decree. The first step is to seek representation from an experienced and knowledgeable Salt Lake City divorce modifications attorney.
How to Get a Divorce Modification?
Changing the conditions of a divorce settlement is not easy. First, it is essential to have a skilled legal professional in your corner. Second, a divorce modifications attorney can help you obtain, complete and file the correct paperwork and documentation to make changes to your divorce decree. Once all of the paperwork is submitted, your attorney can help petition for a court order to make the appropriate changes. The most common divorce modifications in Salt Lake City include the following:
- The loss of a job
- Denial of child visitation by your former spouse
- Getting a new higher paying job or a promotion
- Criminal charges filed against either parent
- A criminal conviction against either parent
- Having another child
- Drug or alcohol abuse by the parent or the child
- Relocating more than 150 miles away from your former spouse
- Diagnosed mental illness of a parent or the child
- Discovery of child abuse or neglect
Once a petition for modification has been filed with the court, the former spouse will also be notified. The petition will also require to be mediated before it can be served to the court and the former spouse. After both parties have reviewed the mediated petition, there are two options. Both parties can either sign the mediated petition or go to trial. If both parties agree to the mediated petition, it will then be sent to the judge for a signature to finalize the modification. If both parties fail to come to an agreement over the petition, you may need to go to trial.
Why You Need a Salt Lake City Divorce Modification Attorney?
Petitioning the court for a divorce modification can get complicated. Some people make the mistake of trying to accomplish everything on their own. Having a divorce modification attorney on your side is an invaluable investment. Over the years, attorney Christopher M. Ault has successfully helped many clients achieve the modifications needed to move on with their lives. He understands many of the challenges and obstacles facing those are going through major professional and personal changes. He and the legal team at The Ault Firm work diligently in the courtroom and behind the scenes to ensure each client is placed in the best position to succeed. They utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach. It is part of their complete commitment to protect the rights of each client and to always look after their best interests. To learn, more contact their Salt Lake City family law office today and schedule your initial consultation to discuss your case.