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Post-Decree Modifications Attorney in Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Many people assume that contracts are set in stone. But did you know that it is possible to modify a contract after it has been agreed upon? In legalese, this is known as a post-decree modification. For family law agreements dealing with child custody arrangements, support orders, and alimony, post-decree modifications can be critical to ensure fairness for all parties involved. These modifications are especially key when life changes occur and the terms of a previous agreement may no longer be feasible. 

Kathleen M. Kirchner Attorney At Law, located in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, provides comprehensive legal assistance for clients throughout the state who need help with post-decree modifications. As an experienced family law attorney, Kathleen has handled numerous types of disputes and modification cases, and she has what it takes to help you and your family pave a better, more suitable path forward through necessary post-decree modifications.  

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Types of Post-Decree Modifications Kathleen Handles

Post-decree modifications are most commonly associated with family law agreements, but they can also apply to other types of contracts. In Maryland, some of the most common types of post-decree modifications include: 

Child Support Orders 

There are various circumstances that may necessitate the modification of a child support order. Situations such as unemployment, incarceration, or permanent disability might warrant a change.  

Verbal agreements are not recommended when changing child support payments. Any modifications should be written and formal to avoid future disputes. Kathleen ensures that all changes to child support orders are properly documented and legally binding. 

Requesting Modifications to Child Support Orders 

Either parent (the paying parent or the recipient) can request a court order modification while the child is under 18. The process of requesting a modification to your child support order can vary. If your payment goes through the Maryland Child Support Administration, you can request a review once every three years by submitting a written request. If your payment does not go through the administration, a motion to modify the existing order can be filed at any time in the circuit court that issued the original order. 

Kathleen can assist in preparing and presenting your modification request to the court, ensuring that all necessary forms and documentation are correctly completed. She understands that modifications to child support do not happen automatically and will advocate for your case, demonstrating any significant changes in circumstances since the last child support order was issued. 

Voluntary Impoverishment and Imputed Income 

Kathleen also assists clients dealing with voluntary impoverishment situations, where a parent intentionally avoids meeting their child support obligations. She can guide you through the legal process if the court determines that a parent has voluntarily impoverished themselves and income needs to be imputed based on potential income rather than actual income. 

Child Custody Orders 

Modifying custody orders can be a complicated process that requires careful and precise legal maneuvering. To initiate a modification case, you have two options: you can either hire an attorney, like Kathleen, to handle your case, or file the case yourself using the Domestic Relations forms. If you choose to handle the case yourself, there are six essential steps to follow. Kathleen can guide you through this process, ensuring that all forms are correctly completed, the filing fee is paid, and the other party receives a copy of all filed documents. 

Requesting a Hearing

A hearing may be necessary to schedule a court date for the modification case. Kathleen can assist with filing the necessary form to request a hearing or proceeding. She understands the importance of proper preparation for the hearing and can provide guidance on what to expect. 

Alimony Arrangements 

While alimony agreements are typically temporary, they can be modified when circumstances change. Kathleen can help you navigate the process of modifying alimony, ensuring that all documentation and forms are correctly completed and submitted to the court. 

Why You Need a Skilled Attorney

The process can be complicated. You may not understand the law or how to protect your rights and interests. Numerous challenges could pop up as well, such as disagreements with the other party about the terms of post-decree modifications. Kathleen is ready to assist you in these situations.  

Kathleen can help you understand your options, guide you through the legal process, and advocate for your best interests in court. With her knowledge and aggressive yet compassionate approach, you can rest assured that your post-decree modification case is in capable hands. 

What Sets Kathleen Apart

Beyond her experience in representing Maryland families in domestic issues, Kathleen also handles criminal defense cases. She's used to being in high-pressure situations and fighting for the best outcome possible, even when the odds may be stacked against her clients.  

Kathleen will take the time to understand your unique situation and develop a customized legal strategy tailored to your needs. She also believes in open communication with her clients, keeping them informed and involved throughout the process. When you need a skilled post-decree modifications attorney in Maryland, look no further than Kathleen M. Kirchner Attorney At Law. Contact her today for a consultation and take the first step toward securing a better future for you and your family. 

Post-Decree Modification Attorney Serving Anne Arundel County, Maryland

Kathleen M. Kirchner Attorney At Law provides comprehensive legal assistance for clients in Maryland who need help with post-decree modifications. With her experience and dedication, Kathleen helps her clients complete the post-decree modification process with confidence. You can count on her to provide exceptional legal representation and steadfast support throughout the entire process.