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Modification of Judgment

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A modification of judgment is a motion that changes the terms given by a judge in family law cases or after a divorce has been finalized. This is usually requested when the conditions of the judgment are no longer relevant or beneficial to one or both parties. Our team at STL Law Group will do everything we can to help you achieve a favorable outcome.

The three areas that can be modified are as follows:

  • Child support: This modification is often requested when the parent making support payments has had a change in their income or when the child's medical or education bills have gone up
  • Child custody or visitation: A modification of judgment on child custody arrangements is usually due to the increasing age of the child, relocation of one parent, or when there are safety concerns
  • Spousal support: Alimony orders are not indefinite and can be modified to best suit the needs of both parties involved

    Contested & Uncontested Modifications

    If both parties are in agreement over the modifications, then it is uncontested and the motion can be filed with the court. However, when one party is in disagreement with the modifications, then the party requesting the modification must defend their reasons for the motion. Whether you are seeking a modification of judgment or are contesting a motion, our St. Louis family attorneys can provide you with the strong legal counsel that you need.

    Understanding Form 14 in Missouri

    In the state of Missouri, the courts use a form called Form 14 to calculate the amount of child support that a parent is required to pay. The form tabulates the gross income of the parent, how much is paid to additional children, the costs of child-rearing, and how much the custodial parent is obligated to pay. The amount of child support given should reflect the current needs of the child and the economic status of the non-custodial parent.

    Call us today at (314) 888-5944 to learn more about modifications of judgment and how our St. Louis family lawyers can help you. Call now and set up a free phone consultation.

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