Modifications Of Court Orders
Do you want to modify your existing court order?
Once a court order is in place to govern over issues such as child custody, child support, visitation or spousal support, you are obligated to follow the court order as long as it is in effect. Anyone who fails to adhere to an active court order could fact legal consequences, including being found in contempt of court. If you are falling behind in custody or spousal support payments, the court could use a number of enforcement methods in order to collect outstanding payments you failed to make. The court however, does recognize a change in circumstances and will usually modify the existing court order for you, if your reasons are valid. In situations where you require a court order modification, it is definitely in your best interest to obtain an experienced Baton Rouge divorce attorney from Keith Friley, Attorney at Law.
Court order modifications must be carefully drafted with specific legal language in order to protect the rights of the parties Then they must be filed with court, where you have to present a compelling case and show proof that you or the other party has had a substantial change in circumstances. The evidence that you present must support your request to the court and that is where I come in. I, Attorney Keith Friley, have extensive experience with court order modifications and I know what it takes to build a compelling case for the courtroom. With nearly three decades of experience, I can help guide you every step of the way so that you can reach the most favorable outcome in your case.
Grounds for Modifying a Court Order
In order for the court to consider modifying an existing court order, you must be able to show that your circumstances have substantially changed since the original court order. Some valid grounds for modification could include:
- A change in income or employment
- A need to move or relocate
- A remarriage
- A change in the child’s needs (education, medical care)
- It is in the best interest of the child
The Modification Process
The first step in modifying a court order is to file a petition with the court, requesting a modification. This requires the help on an experienced family law attorney to ensure that the petition is properly drafted and served on the other party. If the other party agrees to the modification, then the process can move rather quickly. If the other party is not in favor and they wish to contest the modification, then the court can set temporary orders in place, until the issue is resolved at trial.
How a Baton Rouge Divorce Attorney Can Help
Over my years of experience, I have drafted countless petitions for court order modifications and I am intimately familiar with the court process. If your modification requires trial litigation, then I will stand ready to appear in court with a compelling case on your behalf. No changes will be made to your court order unless the court approves your written petition, which is why you must seek assistance with drafting your petition and presenting it to the court. I have been handling family law matters and proudly serving families throughout Baton Rouge for over 30 years. Whether you are looking to modify a custody order, a child support order or a visitation agreement, I offer up my assistance. My firm will be with you every step of the way, so that you understand every aspect of your case. For dedicated legal assistance with your court order modification, contact a Baton Rouge divorce lawyer from my firm today.