When a divorce is finalized, the parties are typically relieved to know that the disputes have been resolved, at least legally, and that they have a final order on which to rely when making decisions about issues such as parenting time, spousal and child support. The parties generally feel some measure of closure as divorce proceedings wrap up, even when they did not get everything they sought or had to make some compromises along the way. However, it is possible to modify a decree in Illinois. As such, if you are seeking to modify the terms of your divorce decree, an experienced family law attorney can help you navigate the process.
Disparate Circumstances Can Lead to Conflict Over Divorce Terms
A divorce is meant to be final. The truth is, however, that people's circumstances do sometimes change, and the terms of a divorce decree may no longer be fair and just, given the change in one party's financial standing, for instance. Unfortunately, conflict typically stems from the parties' disparate positions. While one party has experienced a life change of one sort or another and feels the divorce terms are no longer suitable, the other party often resists any changes to the divorce decree and clings to the feeling of finality and closure it brought at that time.