Modifications and Contempts
If you were divorced some time ago and now there are aspects of your divorce judgment (or agreement) that do not take these changes into consideration, or the provisions are no longer workable, you may want to request a Modification of the terms of your divorce.
Modifications may involve changes in financial orders such as child support or alimony, or they may involve changes in child custody or a parenting plan. A modification action can often be as complicated and intricate as your original divorce. We can help. First, if you and your spouse think you can mediate and work out a Modification Agreement, click here: www.newburyportdivorcemediation.com
If you and your spouse are not able to mediate, we will work with you on your behalf in an attempt to negotiate a settlement with your spouse’s lawyer so you can avoid the time and expense of a trial. If a settlement is not possible, we will narrow the issues and develop precise legal arguments to obtain a straightforward court ruling.
A Contempt Complaint may be filed when one party believes the other has not complied with an order or a judgment of the court.
If you and your spouse have a temporary order or a final judgment that provides for a certain amount of support, or sets up a visitation schedule, or calls for the transfer of certain property, and your spouse has not complied, we can help. We will file a Complaint for Contempt on your behalf, asking the court to force your spouse to comply, and also seeking attorneys’ fees on your behalf from your spouse so the action does not leave you worse off financially than you would have been had your spouse complied in the first place
If you are served with a Complaint for Contempt that claims you have not complied with a temporary order or judgment of the court, we will investigate the specific matter complained of, look at the exact language of the order or judgment, and prepare the best argument possible to avoid having the court find you in contempt.