Life constantly changes in the years after a family law matter is resolved and, as a result, earlier support or custody orders may no longer suit your family's needs. A significant change in circumstances may make existing child custody, parenting time, child support, and spousal support orders unworkable. Whether you are in San Diego or the surrounding communities, Shaffer & Associates can help you understand your options under California law for post-judgment modification, and we can assist you through every step of the process.
After a divorce or other family law proceeding is concluded, a California court can modify your divorce decree or other orders based on changed circumstances. Aspects of the order that may need to be modified include:
California law governs when you can make changes to a preexisting divorce, child custody, or support judgment or order. If there is no agreement between parties to modify an existing order, an experienced family law attorney can advise you about the legal standards you have to meet to achieve an order from a court modifying the prior order.
For instance, to change child custody without the agreement of your child's other parent, you have to show that there has been a "significant change in circumstances," and that a different custody arrangement would better serve your child's best interests. An experienced family law attorney will help you apply this law to your case and discuss the best way to present your request to the court and achieve your goals.
When money is involved—as when you are seeking to increase or decrease alimony or child support payments—a good question to ask yourself is whether the money you could save through a favorable decision by the court will justify the fees an attorney will charge to assist you. In many cases, an experienced attorney's knowledge of the law and the California courts will save you significant time and money in the long run.
At Shaffer & Associates, we will consult with you to discuss your particular situation and concerns, and we will advise you regarding your options and how best to achieve your desired results.
If you need an experienced San Diego family law attorney who will listen to your unique situation and advocate diligently for your rights and interests, contact Shaffer & Associates. Contact Shaffer & Associates online or call (619) 595-3167 today to discuss modifying the terms of your final judgment of divorce or support or custody orders. We serve San Diego County and the surrounding communities, including Orange County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County.