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Family Law: Modifications to Final Judgments in Divorce

After you’ve been divorced, you might want to see if you can change the final judgement. This is not as easy as you might think.

In order to change a final judgement, you must show the judge two things. One is that there’s been a substantial change of circumstances and two, if children are involved especially, that the change is in the best interest of the children.

What do I mean by a substantial change in circumstances? That something has to have substantially changed since the entry of the final judgement. So if you knew of a situation at the time of the enter of the final judgement that you know what to go back and say, “but I shouldn’t have agreed to that because this was the situation” that’s not good enough, you can’t do that. The change has to have been after the entry of the final judgement. This is important and there may be substantial changes that you may not think about right away.

So having a consultation with an attorney to go over your situation would be the best way to determine whether or not you might be able to change your final judgement.