Modifying Custody Agreements or Divorce Decrees
Unlike many other types of court cases, family law matters are not necessarily finished after the final entry of judgment or the last appeal. Continuing court involvement may be necessary when changed circumstances arise.
Safeguarding Your Relationship With Your Child
The family law attorneys at Grant, Miller & Smith, LLC, handle not only the initial proceedings for divorce and child custody; they also represent clients facing modification or enforcement issues down the road. Drawing on more than 60 years of combined legal experience, they understand how to navigate these issues with a results-oriented focus.
Modifying Child Custody Arrangements
In Missouri, child custody revolves around the children’s best interests. Sometimes, though, an existing parenting plan may no longer serve the children’s interests. Circumstances change, and children’s needs shift as they grow older.
Modifying a child custody arrangement requires court approval. If one parent opposes the change, litigation may become necessary. The attorneys at Grant, Miller & Smith represent parents seeking to request or oppose custody changes.
Changes In Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
Some spousal maintenance awards may be modified under the right circumstances; others are set in stone. As with other types of family law modifications, the person seeking the change their divorce decree must demonstrate a substantial and ongoing change in circumstances.
Support Modifications After Divorce
Like child custody, child support is dependent on the needs of the children. The parents’ financial circumstances also affect the award. Changes in income, debts, medical expenses and other factors could make the existing child support order unreasonable.
The parent seeking to modify support must satisfy a strict legal standard. Whether you are requesting or opposing a change, professional legal guidance is essential.
An alleged violation of a family court order can lead to high-stakes enforcement proceedings. The lawyers at Grant, Miller & Smith can protect your rights in child support enforcement proceedings and other enforcement matters.