Illinois couples who have gotten a divorce and moved on with their lives as best they can will often need to continue having some form of relationship with one another, whether they want to or not. That can be due to a variety of family law issues, including child support, child custody, visitation rights and more. When there is an agreement to divorce, it is not set in stone that any agreement will remain the same forever. That is where modifications come in.
This can lead to a resumption of the hostilities between the parties as one side might not want the modifications or is asking for too much with them. Having legal assistance is a vital part of dealing with these complex circumstances.
There are many reasons why one of the parties might request a modification. If, for example, it is the side who is paying spousal support or child support, the loss of a job could have spurred a temporary financial crunch. People who work in a private business could experience fluctuations in what they earn. Or, there could be an illness that makes it necessary to request the modification.
Child custody and visitation rights could take a darker and more urgent turn. If either of the parents is accused of not taking proper care of the child, is being abusive, having personal issues, placing the child in danger or taking part in criminal activities, the other parent can request that the agreement be changed to account for these problems and put the child in a safer environment. These are just some of the reasons why a request for modifications might take place after the divorce agreement was supposedly completed.
People who have parted ways and are still linked with children and support can ask for there to be a change in some way. For help with these difficult issues, it is wise to have legal assistance that understands all aspects of family law. Calling for advice and guidance is the first thing that should be done when seeking modifications.