Modification of divorce settlement terms may be necessary

On behalf of Jeffrey N. Greenblatt of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA posted in Divorce on Wednesday, January 7, 2015.

People in the Maryland area may be breathing a sigh of relief after their divorce settlements are over, but life doesn't often stand still, and the reality is that sometimes additional modifications of the divorce settlement terms can be necessary and beneficial. A lot can change after a divorce, and people who are stuck in a divorce settlement that doesn't suit their financial and personal situations should consider speaking to an experienced Maryland family law attorney about pursuing a modification.

After a divorce, the court still has continuing jurisdiction to hear all matters pertaining to the ongoing terms of the settlement agreement or decree. This includes issues such as spousal support or alimony, child custody, and child support. These orders can be costing a person hundreds or thousands of dollars each and every month, so it's important that people who have concerns about their situations address these issues immediately. People who are unable to meet the financial obligations of their divorce settlements, but fail to seek a post-divorce modification may be subject to serious consequences, in some cases even being held in contempt of court or facing criminal penalties.

A common circumstance that requires modification of a divorce settlement is the loss of a job. This can be an incredibly stressful time, as it could mean losing financial stability, as well as other benefits such as health insurance. For a person with outstanding child support or alimony obligations, or who has a child who was covered under his or her health insurance plan, it is imperative that a family law attorney is contacted right away. Jeff Greenblatt has over 40 years of experience in helping clients obtain post-divorce modifications, and can help during these difficult times.