The entry of the judgment of divorce marks the end of the marriage and is a final statement of the agreement. But because life is not static, circumstances change and adjustments may be needed to the judgment.
Your attorney can help you negotiate changes to the divorce settlement, which may require the filing of a motion or a recommendation by the Friend of the Court. Generally, settlement issues don’t go away or get better as time goes on, so consult your attorney as soon as a problem or the need for a change becomes known.
Child Support and Custody
Changes in the parenting schedule, custody order or child support may be needed as children grow up and their needs change. For example:
The property sections of the judgment are final unless you can show fraud and mutual mistake soon after the judgment has been signed. However, sometimes one partner of the marriage does not follow the requirements of the judgment. For example, the debts assigned to one partner may not be paid or be paid late. Or the amount that one spouse was ordered to pay the other spouse has not been paid. The judge may make additional rulings so that both spouses comply with all the requirements of the judgment.