Life Goes On. Sometimes Situations Change.
Spousal support, child support, custody and parenting time are all subject to modification. At Conscious Divorce, we encourage mediation as a way to reach workable solutions.
What is a post-judgment modification?
A post-judgment modification is an adjustment to the original terms of an agreement or divorce due to extenuating circumstances that make it difficult to adhere to the original settlement. Issues that can be addressed may include:
- Modification of Spousal Support
- Modification of Child Custody and Visitation
- Modification of Child Support
- Enforcement issues from the failure of one or both parties to follow the original divorce judgment (i.e., marital assets were never distributed)
Reasons for Modification
There are many different situations that may warrant a modification of a judgment, including:
- A significant increase or decrease in either party’s income
- A job loss, job change or other event
- A parent’s desire or need to relocate
- A major change in the costs of caring for children, prompted by a medical problem or other event
Why choose mediation?
Mediation is an active, non-adversarial process in which a neutral mediator helps couples privately identify and resolve judgment modification related issues that conventionally would be resolved in Court, which is adversarial and quite expensive. Mediation works well in modification cases because modifications are often limited in scope (with the exception of custody modification). A mediated modification will cost much less and take far less time than a modification case that goes to trial.
Stay Out of Court and In Control
Through mediation, the participants, not the Court, maintain control over the outcome of their case. You can choose your mediator, but you cannot choose your judge.
Do you really want a stranger making critical decisions about the most personal and intimate aspects of your life? Wouldn’t utilizing a lower-cost, more effective approach where you maintain control over such important decisions be a better choice?
Mediation is Effective
Private mediation is highly effective, with a success rate of over 85%. Because participants have a much more participatory role in the resolution of the ultimate agreement, satisfaction and compliance rates are much higher for mediation than litigation as well.
Mediation is Less Expensive
Mediation is the most cost effective means of conflict resolution when utilizing the services of a professional. If you choose litigation, you can expect to spend considerable sums of money over a significant period of time to resolve what might amount financially to more than the underlying dispute.
Do you really want to spend your children’s college education account, your vacation money, and the equity in your home on arguing in court? Consider mediation as a lower-cost, lower-stress alternative to litigation.
For families looking for an affordable alternative to going to court, Conscious Divorce offers a flat-rate mediation package. Please contact us for more details or to schedule a consultation.