How do you get spousal support, child support or child custody orders modified after a divorce decree in North County San Diego? Generally speaking, in order to consider post divorce decree modifications to child custody or spousal support in North County the Court will be looking for what is legally described as a “significant change in the Status Quo.” What is the Status Quo? What qualifies as a significant change?
The Courts here in North County San Diego and across Southern California carry a heavy backload of cases. Post decree modification cases will usually not be heard by the Court unless your attorney can present evidence that a compelling change has occurred in the circumstances, or Status Quo, of one or both parties.
Most professionally crafted separation agreements – the primary document in a North County divorce proceeding – contain language that establishes some of the benchmarks that would constitute a change in the Status Quo. This can include the necessity to relocate out of the area or out of State. It can also include a significant increase or decrease in income.
Some major life events such as a minor child gaining the age of majority, or a specific period of time ordered by the Court will qualify as well. Many support agreements specify a time frame for the spouse receiving support to become self-sufficient or financially independent. It may be necessary to review these orders in light of events that have happened in your life, or that of your former spouse.
The attorneys at Burke & Domercq are experienced and seasoned Family Law attorneys. We are prepared to review your post divorce decree modifications to child custody or spousal support and provide advice on the likelihood of success and the specific circumstances relating to “Status Quo” in your case. We invite you to contact us, or call 760-712-3741 to schedule an appointment. We will discuss what has happened, your unique circumstances and the outcome of similar cases here in North County.