Post-Divorce Modifications in Raleigh
Do you need to update your divorce arrangement?
After a divorce, certain circumstances can arise that can bring the need
to modify the terms of a couple's divorce arrangement. Since your divorce
agreement is a legally binding court order, you will need to go through
a specific legal process to seek a modification of this agreement.
If you are in need of a modification to your divorce arrangement, we encourage you to
contact Hopper Law Office to learn your options. Our firm's highly knowledgeable Raleigh divorce
attorney can walk you through the process and answer any questions you
may have. We understand the emotional impact that divorce can carry, and
we are prepared to do everything within our power to help you get through
this difficult time.
Valid Reasons to Seek a Modification
In the state of North Carolina, modifications can only be sought if a substantial
change in circumstances has occured since the initial creation of a couple's
divorce arrangement. This can be a bit vague, making it ultimately up
to the courts to decide if your reasoning for requesting a modification
is valid. Generally speaking, however, there are a number of different
scenarios that are typically accepted by the courts as grounds for modification.
The following may make current arrangements, such as
custody, difficult or impossible:
- Job Loss
- Serious Medical Condition
Can I Seek an Alimony Modification in Raleigh, NC?
As you may know,
alimony may be established during a media several factors into consideration when
determining whether or not spousal support would be appropriate, it is
typically awarded to a dependent spouse who does not hold employment.
Since these monthly payments are meant to help the dependent spouse maintain
a similar lifestyle to that of the one that was established during marriage,
the court may need to consider:
- The income of each spouse;
- The length of the marriage; and
- The standard of living that was established during marriage.
Once an appropriate level of alimony is set forth, one must have sufficient
grounds to seek a modification.
In fact, North Carolina General Statutes § 50-56 states that an award
for post-separation support, alimony or
child support may not be modified without proof of a significant and material change
Has Your Financial Situation Changed?
When pursuing a modification of alimony, however, this change is usually
related to the shifting financial viability of one or both parties. For
example, the dependent spouse could seek an upward modification if it
is discovered that the supporting spouse has experienced a substantial
upswing due to a business decision that was made during the period of
Oppositely, the supporting spouse could seek a downward modification if
they can show that they have recently suffered a significant financial
loss or the termination of their employment. In either case, they must
simply provide the court with sufficient evidence to support their request.
How Hopper Law Office Can Help
At Hopper Law Office, our legal team is committed to guiding clients through
the post-divorce modification process. We can assist you in gathering
the specific financial documentation and information that will need to
be presented to the court to support your case.We understand that you
may have suffered a serious blow to your finances, that you may have fallen
ill, or that some other situation may have come up that warrants a change
in your current divorce agreement. Allow a skilled divorce lawyer to gather
the evidence that you need to seek the modification you need. We represent
clients throughout Raleigh and the surrounding areas in North Carolina,
taking care to keep our clients well-informed as we guide them through
the complex realm of
family law cases.
Contact a divorce attorney from our firm today by calling (919) 876-3300.