The finalization of a divorce is often perceived as the closing of one chapter and the commencement of a new, separate life for former spouses. While this is true in many aspects, certain critical matters such as minor children, maintenance, and custody can bind the ex-spouses together even after the dissolution of the marriage. In this article, we delve into how the evolution of circumstances post-divorce may necessitate revisiting and amending agreements to accommodate these changes.
In life, many of us yearn for the ability to turn back time to relive cherished moments or rectify past mistakes. Whether it's spending more time with a departed loved one, making amends to those we wronged, or simply doing things differently, the unpredictability of the future prompts us to prepare for various eventualities. However, life has a way of unfolding, sometimes in ways we least expect.
Similarly, after a divorce, spouses meticulously plan for a future where children navigate life without both parents under the same roof. Decisions about custody arrangements, child support, spousal maintenance, visitation rights, and the distribution of joint assets are made to bring finality to the divorce settlement. Yet, just as seasons change, so do the seasons of our lives. Plans made today may need adjustment tomorrow.
Changed circumstances can prompt either ex-spouse to seek alterations to conditions specified in the divorce decree. The flexibility of the law allows former spouses to petition the court for adjustments based on these changes. Whether it's a career-related relocation to another province, increased child support needs as children enter high school, or the discovery that the Antenuptial contract was never effective, various circumstances can warrant a reevaluation.
Navigating this process entails legal and technical complexities, necessitating professional legal assistance. Seeking legal guidance is advisable for both initiating and defending an application for the variation of a divorce decree.
For expert assistance in family law litigation, including divorces, maintenance matters, child support, and spousal support, Van Deventer & Van Deventer Inc. is here to help. Visit our interactive website for a comprehensive overview of our services, and feel free to contact us for more information.
The information contained in this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter. One should not act nor refrain from acting on the basis of any content included in this site without seeking legal or other professional advice. The contents of this site contain general information which may not reflect current legal developments or address one’s situation. We disclaim all liability for actions one may take or fail to take based on any content on this site.
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Estate Agent Training
Bond & Transfer Calculator
Get the latest updates in your email box automatically.