The circumstances of peoples’ lives change constantly. In the context of family law, those changes often make it necessary to file for modifications of child custody, child support and spousal support arrangements.
If you need to make modifications to your divorce decree, we can help. Attorney Tim Whitten has practiced family law since 1992 and has been certified as a Family Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Located in Austin, Texas, we represent families from all backgrounds in the Austin metro area.
To schedule an appointment, call us today at 512-478-1011 or contact our offices online. We provide personalized, honest and caring service.
You can get a modification if there has been a “significant change” warranting it. A significant change can involve:
- An increase in income;
- One parent’s desire to relocate;
- Sudden unexpected new expenses (often health-related);
- One parent beginning to engage in drug use, alcoholism or criminal activity;
- One parent reforming away from drug use, alcoholism or criminal activity;
- A child over 16 who wants to change the custody order.
In fact, any significant unforeseen life change can trigger a modification. We represent parents who file for modification as well as parents who want to resist orders for modification.
Different Ways of Resolving a Divorce Modification in Austin, Texas
Most modifications are resolved by filing a motion with the court and engaging in conventional adversarial litigation, although frequently divorce decrees require that the parties mediate their case before engaging in a contested modification hearing. We often handle modifications using collaborative law, divorce mediation or other forms of dispute resolution.
It can be beneficial to solve your divorce collaboratively, because it frees you from the constraint of following the normal court guidelines. In collaborative settings, people are often able to come up with creative settlements that better fit their unique circumstances.
If you would like to discuss divorce modifications with a lawyer at the Law Office of Tim Whitten, P.C., call us today at 512-478-1011 or contact us online.