Are there Issues That Arise After Divorce?
The short answer to this question is yes. Even after a court issues a judgment of divorce, issues can arise months or even years later that need to be addressed. Often, these issues relate to placement and support of minor children and payment of maintenance. Another common issue in the last few years is when a house is ordered to be sold, but does not sell until after the judgment has been entered. When issues arise, a party will likely need to file a motion, asking the court to get involved again.
In regard to any issue related to children, the court is always able to make changes to the judgment, up until the children are no longer minors. Placement may need to be changed because a parent is moving, or a work schedule has changed significantly. Child support may need to be changed because one parent’s income has gone up or down in a major way. Because a motion is always needed to ask the court to take action after a judgment has been entered, you should contact the Nevitt Law Office right away, to discuss your situation and what changes might be needed.
One issue that, generally, cannot be changed after divorce is the division of property. Unless a court specifically retains the right to rule on a particular property-related issue (such as a house selling after divorce), the division of the assets and debts of a marriage cannot be changed later. The main exception to this is if substantial, new information is obtained that a party intentionally misrepresented or lied about during the divorce. If this happened, it is possible to ask a court to re-open the case and consider the new information. This does not happen often, but when it does, it is important to bring it to the court’s attention right away. You need to contact the Nevitt Law Office quickly, to make sure your rights are protected.