Modifying Custody Agreements

Custody Agreements: Protecting Your Child's Best Interests

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Modifying Custody Agreements: Adapting to Life's Changes

At Besserman Law, we recognize that life is unpredictable, and circumstances can change significantly after a divorce or custody agreement is in place. We are here to help clients navigate the process of seeking post-divorce modifications when major lifestyle changes occur for ex-spouses, parents, and children.

Reasons for Modifying Custody Agreements

Life is full of twists and turns, and sometimes the terms of a divorce or custody agreement no longer align with the current reality. There are various reasons why you might consider modifying a custody agreement or divorce settlement:

Relocation: If one parent is planning to move to a different city or state, it can impact the existing custody arrangement. Modifications may be necessary to accommodate the new circumstances.

Remarriage: Changes in family dynamics due to remarriage can also warrant modifications to custody agreements, especially if step-siblings are involved.

Illness or Disability: When a child or parent experiences a significant illness or disability, it can affect their ability to fulfill their custody or visitation obligations.

Financial Difficulties: Drastic financial changes, such as job loss or a substantial increase in income, can necessitate adjustments to child support or alimony arrangements.

Changes in the Child's Needs: As children grow and their needs evolve, custody agreements may need to be modified to better serve their best interests.

Violations of Existing Orders: Sometimes, one party fails to adhere to the terms of the existing court order or parenting agreement, requiring legal action to enforce compliance.

Our Approach to Modifications

Besserman Law is committed to helping clients seek post-divorce modifications that reflect the major shifts in their lives. We understand the legal complexities and emotional challenges involved in modifying custody and support arrangements. Our experienced family law attorneys can guide you through the process with care and expertise.

Enforcing Court Orders

Court orders associated with divorce or custody arrangements should be followed diligently. Unfortunately, compliance issues can arise. Illinois law provides remedies to enforce orders, which may include driver's license suspension, property liens, income withholding, and even legal actions resulting in incarceration.

Consult an Experienced Family Lawyer

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to pursue a change or enforcement of a court order after divorce, don't hesitate to reach out to Besserman Law, your trusted Illinois Divorce lawyer. We take the time to understand your unique circumstances and develop a strategic approach to present your case effectively, ensuring you achieve the desired outcome. Contact us today for an initial consultation.

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Our offices in Missouri and Illinois are conveniently located. Divorce laws differ according to the jurisdiction. Having in-depth knowledge of the local statutes in their region, our attorneys are prepared to assist you in dealing with any family law issue.
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Frequently Ask Questions (FAQ) of Divorce

Do we Need To Wait Before we File for a No-Fault Divorce?

Not always. In the case, you as well as your spouse, have lived apart for a continuous period of at least six months before admission of the divorce judgment, the two-year separation requirement could be waived, but only if you both consent in writing to do this. In case the two of you cannot consent, then you will have to satisfy the 2-year condition.

Do you know the Important Legal Problems in a Divorce?

The important problems that commonly come up in divorce cases are property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and alimony. Partners can enter into an agreement, property settlement agreement or divorce agreement, to resolve all or a number of the problems presented by their divorce case. This agreement, and, in particular, any arrangements regarding child custody and child support, will need court acceptance. They will have to fight it out in court where a judge will determine for them under the principles of Illinois law if spouses can not agree on any of the problems.

What’s a Legal Separation?

If you are living separate and apart from your spouse, you can petition a court to allow you a legal separation and fair support or alimony. Either spouse will not be prevented by a ruling for legal separation from filing for divorce after. 

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