A divorce can be one of the most challenging events of your life. Many people think that once they have a decree in hand, their union is over and they never have to think about it again, but unfortunately, this is not always the case. Post-decree divorce modifications and agreements are often necessary to get all of the details of the separation ironed out. Disagreements can still arise even after finalizations are made. If you have divorce mediation questions, we can help. Let’s look at some instances in which post-decree actions may be needed.
One of the most common types of post-decree agreements that are needed for divorced couples is child support. Child support is never set in stone because the needs of the children involved are never set in stone. According to experts, most people who divorce will have young children as the median age for first divorces is 30.5 for males and 29 for women. As children age, their needs will change and so child support agreements must change also. Another reason why child support agreements might change post-decree would be if the financial situation of the parents changes significantly.
Child visitation plans also change over time. As parents take on new responsibilities, children age and life in general evolves. The visitation plan for the children may need to change as well. This topic often comes up in divorce mediation questions. It’s vital for both parents to always work together to ensure that visitation is set up in such as way as to benefit the children rather than the parents.
It may also be necessary to revisit the custody agreement post-decree. This is usually a result of a parent not being able to stick with the previously agreed-upon parenting plan. If the best interests of the children are at stake, a parent may revisit the custody plan and this would be handled in post-decree litigation.
Spousal support payments may also need to be dealt with post-decree. Original agreements may change due to employment changes, job loss, change in living conditions, a re-marriage, incarceration, mental health conditions, and a number of other factors that might impact alimony payments.
If you have divorce mediation questions, please contact C.E.L. & Associates Inc today. We are here to help you navigate this confusing and difficult time.