Changing times, changing rules

Divorce agreements are relatively permanent. You work hard in order to predict anything that could go wrong. 

However, there is no way that you can prepare for everything. If situations have changed significantly, you could be able to modify certain aspects of your custody and support agreements. 

Following the process

Similar to establishing the contract in the first place, modifying an agreement is a bilateral process. It is also a formal one — it is generally not advisable to attempt to resolve these matters individually or informally with your ex. 

For example, you might find that, after losing a job, meeting your child support requirements places undue financial burden on you. Even if your ex is sympathetic to your plight, it is probably wise to follow all of the official steps when reducing payments. 

Choosing the right path

Your divorce agreement brings together a wide range of concerns. Depending on which of these you need to change, you might have a different strategy. Sometimes, multiple approaches work — but some are more efficient than others. 

Knowing when to revisit the plan

After a year or two, the details of your divorce will probably start to fade. This can lead you to forget certain long-term obligations you might have under the agreement. Major life changes often indicate the need to take another look at your documents. A child entering school, a move out of state or another marriage are all possible examples. 

The fact is that these divorce modifications are relatively uncommon. You could also face complications during the process. In short: Situations do change, but most attorneys help their clients design plans that are flexible enough to withstand a good level of uncertainty.