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Court-Ordered Child Support & Spousal Maintenance Modifications & Enforcement

During a divorce, spouses may agree on how to split marital property, but they often disagree on how to handle child support or spousal maintenance (maintenance or alimony). If you need to change the terms of your divorce agreement regarding child support or spousal maintenance, you may be able to ask a judge for a modification of your divorce decree. Ellen M. Hendrick, PLLC, can help you prepare the necessary documents and represent you in court if necessary.

Call us today at (509) 402-2248 for a consultation on modifying your divorce terms.

Child Support Adjustment Process in Washington State

According to Washington State law, a court can change a child support order in a modification proceeding only if there has been a change in circumstances since the order was issued. If you can show that your income has decreased or your child's expenses have increased since the order was issued, the court may allow a decrease in your child support payments.

Conversely, if your income has increased or your child's expenses have decreased since the order was issued, the court may allow an increase in your child support payments.

Altering Spousal Maintenance Agreements

Washington State law allows a court to change an order for spousal maintenance (maintenance or alimony) in a modification proceeding only if there has been a change in circumstances since the order was issued. If you can show that your income has decreased or your former spouse's expenses have increased since the order was issued, the court may allow a decrease in your spousal maintenance payments.

Conversely, if your income has increased or your former spouse's expenses have decreased since the order was issued, the court may allow an increase in your spousal maintenance payments.

Enforcing Divorce Decrees in Spokane

If your former spouse is not complying with your divorce decree, Ellen M. Hendrick, PLLC can help you enforce the terms of your divorce agreement by filing a petition for enforcement. For example, if your ex-spouse is not making their required child support payments, we can file a petition with the court on your behalf asking them to enforce your child support order. If your ex-spouse is not complying with any other terms of your divorce decree, we can help you take action to enforce those terms as well.

If you need to modify a divorce decree, contact Ellen M. Hendrick, PLLC at (509) 402-2248 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. We offer flexible hours and accept most insurance.

Commonly Asked Questions

What constitutes a 'change in circumstances' for modifying child support in Washington State?

In Washington State, a 'change in circumstances' that may warrant a modification of child support could include a significant change in income, either an increase or decrease, or a change in the child's financial needs, such as increased expenses for healthcare, education, or childcare. If such changes have occurred since the original child support order was issued, a court may consider adjusting the child support payments accordingly.

What steps should I take if I need to modify my divorce terms in Spokane?

If you need to modify your divorce terms in Spokane, the first step is to consult with a legal professional like Ellen M. Hendrick PLLC. They can evaluate your situation to determine if a modification is possible and assist you in preparing the required documents. They will also represent you in court to advocate for the necessary changes to your divorce agreement.

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