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Adjusting Your Finalized Divorce Decree In Northern Virginia

When your divorce is complete, the conditions established during your divorce are noted in a divorce decree. The decree is a legally binding agreement and all parties listed in the agreement must adhere to terms stated in the contract, this includes child custody and support, spousal support, and visitation agreements. Decrees are set in place to help ensure that no party falters in their payments or schedules after a finalization, but in some cases, life can change. For example, new marriages, changes in employment, and relocations require modifications to existing divorce decrees.

At the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC, our Fairfax divorce modification attorneys can help you modify your decree and create a new, permanent change, or temporary change to your settlement. We can help you file all necessary paperwork and represent you both in and out of court.

For more information on divorce decrees and how working with our firm could help you, call us at (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation today.

What Can Be Modified?

There are a number of circumstances that may justify a modification to a divorce decree, including health, relocation, a change of employment, remarriage, education needs, and circumstantial obligations. In order to properly and legally amend a divorce decree, you will need to work with an attorney to file a petition for modification. Once the petition has been accepted, a permanent or temporary change could be made to the decree.

The most common modifications include:

  • Changes to child support: This can include cancellation of payments, deferment of payments, change in the payment schedule, or change of payment amount.
  • Changes to child custody: Child custody changes need to be agreed upon by both parents in most cases unless legal action was taken to remove the child from the custodial parent. These will be granted only when a judge determines the cause to be legally necessary.
  • Changes to spousal support: Remarriage, life changes, employment changes, and health of the spouses could call for a modification of spousal support. Support for these changes must include proof of substantial changes in the circumstances of either party or both parties.

Not all modification petitions are granted or available, so in order to help you understand the Virginia laws governing modifications, it is always encouraged that you work with a divorce lawyer.

Need A Modification? Let The Law Offices Of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC Help.

When you work with our firm, we will take the time to understand your situation and help you create an effective plan to modify your existing divorce decree. We know that this time in your life is important and that modifications need to be made as quickly as possible, which is why we will use our knowledge of the local, state, and federal laws to guide you throughout your legal case.

For more information, call (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation with the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC. We routinely help clients throughout Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia.

Why Hire Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC?

  • Our Attorney is a former U. S. Army officer.

  • Our firm is award winning & top rated.

  • We serve clients domestically & internationally.

  • Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

  • We have over 30 years of legal experience.

  • As a former army ranger, he has a profound understanding of the nuances in military lifestyle and legal considerations and that understanding was of great benefit to me at every juncture.

    “I highly recommend Michael Murphy and his team to anyone who requires any service in family law, but particularly to military members who have any family law concern.”

    Cory L.

  • When I think of Mr. Michael K. Murphy words like top-tier, superlative, exemplary, first-class, and second to none immediately come to mind.

    “I could not have made a better decision in choosing him to represent me.”

  • I found Mr. Murphy's staff so welcoming and helpful through this entire process that it made an extremely stressful time a little less difficult.

    “He assisted me in drafting a Marital Separation Agreement that my (now) ex husband and I were able to come to agreement in signing, just over a month after we initiated the process. ”


  • I will forever be thankful as does my family, for all the hard work he put into this case.

    “You have honestly changed my life for the better.”


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    “His practice is almost fully electronic, which keeps costs down and enables him to help military families even stationed overseas.”


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    “I came to Mike under these circumstances and can definitively say that he is exactly the kind of confident, competent and aggressive family law attorney you need in a crisis.”


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