When a couple in Illinois ends their marriage and all the key matters related to family law such as spousal support, child support, the division of property and more are settled, it is generally viewed as the final conclusion of the process. However, there are many times when it is required to return to the agreement and make changes as different circumstances arise. Modifying the decree is not a simple matter and it can take on many forms. For assistance with this, it is smart to get help from a qualified legal professional.
For example, one parent might not be receiving what he or she is owed in support payments whether it is for him or herself, for a child, or for a combination of the two. Situations can arise in which the supporting parent is no longer able to continue paying the amount that was ordered. For that, it will need to be settled through legal means because unilaterally deciding to change the payments is not acceptable and can cause more problems. The person who is receiving the support might need to get a greater amount. There could be an issue with the payments being made on time and in full. A former spouse could ignore the court orders. Or there could be a custodial parent who is not cooperating and granting the noncustodial parent what was agreed upon in terms of parenting time.
With fathers’ rights and mothers’ rights, it is often an emotional roller coaster that can result in making statements or decisions that both sides will come to regret and can negatively affect not just the relationship, but the child as well. In addition, there are sometimes changes to the law that must be dealt with in the context of the support, maintenance and visitation rights of all parties. With enforcement issues from either side, the dispute can turn contentious and even dangerous. For example, it might be necessary to file for contempt if one of the participants is willfully ignoring the order. Any and all of these situations needs legal help.
When dealing with the need for enforcement, modifications, or an appeal and the steps to take therein, it is paramount to have an attorney who is well-versed in family law in Illinois. With that in mind, the first call that should be made when facing any type of disagreement in family law is to a qualified attorney.