Divorce Decree Modifications The Right Attorney Makes All The Difference

Virginia Beach Modification Attorney

Modify Child Custody, Visitation, or Support Orders in Virginia Beach

Once a couple finalizes a divorce, they receive a divorce decree specifying the terms of alimony, child support, and visitation agreements. Once this decree is set, it can only be changed under certain circumstances. A Virginia Beach modification lawyer at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller can help you determine whether your situation warrants a divorce modification.

Contact us today at (757) 267-4949 for a case evaluation.

Requirements for a Post-Divorce Modification

Unless the party seeking a modification can prove that a "significant change in circumstances" has occurred since the finalization of the order, a judge may not grant the modification.

A judge approves a modification based on:

  • substantial parental relocation;
  • change in employment;
  • evidence of child neglect or abuse;
  • medical conditions that affect a child or parent; and/or
  • change in income level.

If the modification will affect a child, a judge will rule in favor of what is deemed to be in the child’s best interest. Additionally, some terms cannot be modified; for example, neither party can modify the division of marital property once it has been finalized.

Modifications to Child or Spousal Support

An adjustment of child support payments can only occur 3 years after the initial decree or previous modification. The process begins when your attorney files a Request for Review and Adjustment with Virginia’ s Social Services Department. The request must provide the circumstances that qualify for modification, as well as evidence to support the claim.

A spousal support modification can increase, decrease, or eliminate a payment, but the person seeking the modification must prove a substantial change in circumstance to warrant this change. Whether or not a court will grant this modification may also depend on the wording used in the original decree.

Modifications to Child Custody and Visitation

If both parties agree on this modification, they can construct an agreement without the approval of a court. However, if either party disregards this modification in the future, it could be impossible to legally enforce.

If one party does not agree with the terms of this modification, the other can file a motion to request adjustments. As with other types of modification, the party seeking changes to child custody and visitation must prove that the circumstances are extreme enough to warrant it.

Legal Representation You Can Trust

The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller’s goal is to provide our clients with creative and peaceful solutions to their issues. Our post-divorce modification attorney in Virginia Beach can help modify an existing divorce agreement so it better suits you, your child, and your former partner.

Call our firm at (757) 267-4949 or contact us online for a consultation.

Stories Like This Keep Us Going

Former Clients Share Their Experience
  • “Lindsey was great ! Kept me updated and informed, Attorney Blair got me through a tough time and even though I ended up settling that was my choice to end it not Attorney Blair’s.. i appreciate everyone in the office for their help and hard work on my case as I know it takes many to get the job done… so happy to put this in the past and move on and live my life without this stress thanks again to all the staff and Attorney Blair”

    - Kimberly H.
  • “Daniel Miller has done an excellent job with my case. I am so pleased with the outcome of my court hearing. His whole office is top notch providing professional guidance in my time of need. I made a bad decision that got me in trouble with the law. My decision to hire Mr Miller was the start of making good decisions. I was so impressed with my initial consultation on the phone with Mr Miller and even more impressed by his court hearing command. I highly recommend his service.”

    - Steve W.
  • I had a long and exhausting divorce and would like to thank Jeff Blair, Lindsey, and the whole team. I would recommend them to anyone going through a contested divorce

    - Maxwell M.

Why Hire Us?

We Never Back Down
  • Personalized Attention for Each Client
  • A Proven Track Record of Results
  • Experienced & Knowledgeable Legal Advice
  • Invested in Your Case & Your Success

Contact Our Team

Your Rights Don't Wait. Neither Should You.
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please enter your city and state.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.