Adams Law Firm Can Help Resolve Your Family Law Matter
There are many reasons why someone may decide to obtain a modification to their divorce decree. Some people are simply not satisfied with provisions outlined in their decree. Other individuals need to make temporary or permanent changes as time goes on in order to provide medical care, be flexible in times of financial hardship, or move away from the area in which the divorce was filed. If you have questions or concerns about your particular situation and how to obtain a modification to your existing divorce decree, do not hesitate to contact a Katy modifications attorney from Adams Law Firm right away.
Why You Need an Attorney
You should know that it is possible to modify your decree after a significant change has occurred in your life that would affect your divorce decree. Because the stakes can be so high when you’re trying to modify your divorce decree, it is always wise to have a trusted lawyer by your side to help you through the process.
If you’ve already been through a divorce, it’s probably been made clear to you that working within the court system can be complicated, stressful, and sometimes confusing. You shouldn’t have to worry yourself with all of the details of family law when instead, you could have an attorney explain any confusing or tedious aspects of your case as they come up. Filing to modify a divorce decree means that you have to convince a judge that you have a good enough reason to change the settlement agreed upon at the end of your divorce.
A family law attorney will also be able to help you keep track of strict deadlines, rules, and dates that could be disastrous to your case if they’re not met. It’s very important that you contact a family law attorney before filing a modification to your divorce decree so that you can be sure to get the results you want while reducing the level of stress you’re under.
Why Choose Us?
Ever since Adams Law Firm began practicing law in 1977, our clients have received quality representation and counsel with their divorce and family law settlements. The people of Katy continue to trust us with these life-altering decisions as we continue to provide the type of representation that gets results. Our lawyers will always treat you with the respect and compassion you deserve, seeing you as an individual rather than a number on a case file. Our dedication to our clients has placed us among the best divorce lawyers in Texas. We were recognized as the Katy Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2013, we earned a spot in the National Trial Lawyers’ list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Texas, and we were named the Reader’s Choice Best Law Firm in Katy by the Katy Sun. We also received an AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell,® which is one of the nation’s leading lawyer-rating services.
At Adams Law Firm, we’ve proven ourselves time and time again to be the honest, trustworthy family law attorneys that our clients in Katy already know us to be. We value you and your perspective, and we will always put your interests first. Over our 30+ years of dealing with family law, we’ve helped many people with modifications to their divorce decrees, and we can help you, too. Contact us today at (281) 391-9237 to learn more.
Cases We Handle
A modification is the best way to get aspects of your divorce decree changed to fit the new circumstances of your life. It is less expensive than filing an appeal, and more likely to get you the results you’re looking for. At Adams Law Firm, we handle all types of divorce decree modifications, including spousal maintenance (alimony), child custody and child support, division of property, and instances in which you’re looking to move away from the location where the divorce was filed.
Modifications to Support and Custody
One of the most common modifications to divorce decrees revolves around child support and child custody. Move away cases, financial obligations, fluctuations in income, and health concerns that may cause unexpected expenses or impair visitation may all be taken into consideration when filing for a modification to a divorce decree. While some of these changes can be temporary and put into effect immediately, others may need to be permanent and therefore may require review by the family court system. Some examples of reasons for modification include:
- Loss of income or an increase in income
- Moving away from or moving closer to the child
- Changing family structures or circumstances
Modifications to Spousal Maintenance
What most other states call alimony (when one spouse pays money to another spouse after a divorce) Texas calls spousal support or spousal maintenance. Sometimes a person will receive spousal maintenance payments if they are disabled or if their ex was abusive to them during the marriage. Spousal maintenance can be changed or stopped through a modification of a divorce decree if the spouse who is receiving spousal maintenance is no longer disabled or if they are living with someone else with whom they share a romantic or sexual relationship.
You’ll need to show that there are significant circumstances that have changed to affect the terms of the divorce, so it isn’t recommended to file for a modification too soon after it is settled. This isn’t always viewed very compassionately in court, because it makes it seem like you’re trying to find a loophole instead of actually having a reason to change your divorce decree. In fact, you will usually have to wait a year since the decree was signed to file for a modification.
Once you and your attorney decide to file a motion to modify the divorce decree and draft a petition for modification, it will be served on your former spouse, who will either agree with or contest your modification. If they agree with it, it may be possible to avoid an appearance at court. Otherwise, a court date will be set for a hearing in which your attorney will help you present and argue your case.
Because there are so many rules and guidelines to follow when filing to modify a divorce decree, it is so important that you have an attorney to help you keep track of everything having to do with your case. Whether you are looking to change your decree or enforce or contest a modification, you need to work with a dedicated attorney from our firm.
Life changes can occur rapidly, so it is important that you retain the legal counsel of a trusted attorney to ensure that you can make swift resolutions to your family law matters. Modifications can be important to you and your family, and with the assistance of our legal team, you can resolve these situations in a timely manner. If you are looking to change or modify your final divorce decree, do not hesitate to contact Adams Law Firm right away and speak with a dedicated Katy divorce lawyer. You deserve representation, and our team can help.