As long as your relationship, in some way, continues with your ex-spouse there is always potential for conflict. That relationship may be financial, because of ongoing alimony or child support payments, or parental, due to child custody and visitation. Spouses that finally, officially split are almost universally glad the legal process is over, but the reality is for many people that process is just starting a new phase.
A couple who went through a contentious divorce may have a smooth relationship afterward and those who went their own ways after a very cooperative divorce may find themselves battling it out. What may have seemed like reasonable, fair terms to a divorce may not end up being so workable as time goes on.
● A spouse paying child support or alimony may lose a job or suffer a pay cut and seek lower payments.
● One parent may think the other should no longer share custody because that other parent might be involved in crime, drugs or child abuse.
● A well planned schedule of shared parenting time may go out the window if one ex-spouse wants to take a job located far away from the other, and
● As children get older disagreements over religious upbringing or education may arise.
Like the divorce if the parties can't resolve their differences they can be decided by a judge. It's normally in all parties' interests to work something out without the added cost in time, money, energy and emotion that another court proceeding could take. However, if the situation is serious enough, especially if children are involved, and the parents have very strongly held positions, having a judge decide the outcome is not uncommon.
In many ways a divorce can be like a car. After you buy it you're not just going to park it in the driveway. It requires upkeep and maintenance. Repairs will be needed as time goes on or an accident could cause serious damage. We can help you keep your divorce on the road and functioning, taking steps to try to prevent unexpected break-downs that could leave you and your children stranded by the roadside.
If you have any questions about post-divorce issues you may be having with your ex-spouse or you feel you need legal representation to protect your rights, contact our office so we can talk about your situation and how we can help.