Many people see divorce as a type of ending, as the process severs the marital relationship between two people. In some situations—especially those involving divorcing parents—a divorce represents the beginning of a new relationship between the spouses. At Erb Legal LLC, we recognize that orders for spousal support, child custody, and child support often last for many years after a divorce is finalized. During that time, however, your circumstances can change significantly and cause your ongoing orders to become outdated or obsolete. While it is possible to seek post-divorce modifications, such proceedings are often challenging, and amicable negotiations can quickly break down. Our skilled family law attorneys are equipped to help ensure that your support or custody orders continue to meet your needs and those of your children.
When an existing order addressing child custody, parenting time, or child support is no longer reasonable and appropriate for your family’s situation, Ohio law allows you to seek a modification of the outdated order. To be successful, you will need to demonstrate to the court that there has been a substantial change in circumstances that was not considered or accounted for when the order was created or last modified. Substantial changes may be financial in nature, but they may include other concerns. You may be eligible for an order modification in the event that:
If you qualify to have your order reviewed for a modification, the court will consider the best interests of all of the interested parties, including any children. At Erb Legal LLC, our attorneys will help you analyze your situation and determine your best option for pursuing the modification you need.
At Erb Legal LLC, we understand that those who are subject to orders for child support, parenting time, and spousal support sometimes do not live up to their ordered obligations. They may fall behind on support payments, fail to exercise their parenting time, or otherwise shirk the responsibilities set forth in the existing order.
Ohio law provides several options for the enforcement of family law orders, and our skilled attorneys can assist you in finding the one that works best for you. Individuals who fail to comply with family law orders may face possible contempt of court proceedings. A person found to be in contempt of court could face expensive fines, attorney fee awards, and potential jail time.
If you have questions about modifying or enforcing a family-related court order, contact our office. Call (330) 446-3606 for a free consultation today. Our law firm serves clients in Medina, Ravenna, Wadsworth, Brunswick, Wooster, Akron, Orrville, Wayne County, Summit County, Portage County, and Medina County.