Whether you have been divorced or received some other adjudication from the court, once a judgment has entered the case is over (excluding post-trial motions and filings). When you need the court to change a court order post judgment, usually a complaint for modification must be filed.
Modification actions often follow a similar path as a divorce or paternity matter. Discovery is conducted and it is up to the plaintiff to prove there has been a material change in circumstances since the judgment entered.
Under the new child support guidelines, a child support order may be modified if:
If you have a divorce agreement where provisions survived, a party has a higher standard of law to overcome.
When meeting with our office to discuss a modification, it is helpful to bring the judgment, the final agreement (if any), financial statements signed at the conclusion of the matter, and any documents that support a material change in circumstances.
If you are looking to enforce a court order to which the other party is not complying, a complaint for contempt would likely need to be filed.
Once a complaint for contempt has been filed, the court issues a summons and schedules a hearing. The Plaintiff needs to serve the complaint and summons and appear in court ready to prove their case. The Defendant needs to be ready to defend himself/herself and explain why they should not be held in contempt.
When consulting with our office to discuss a potential contempt action, we would need to see the judgment and any related documents that support your position.