POST-DECREE MEDIATION;
MODIFYING PARENTING PLANS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT AFTER A COURT ORDER HAS BEEN ENTERED

With rare exceptions, the division of property in a divorce is final and non-modifiable.  Because children’s developmental needs and living arrangements change, custody and visitation provisions are modifiable.  Financial needs and incomes also change, particularly in the current economy, so under certain circumstances, child support and spousal maintenance are also modifiable.  Mediation is a common method for communicating about the need for a change and working out the details.  Many court orders require former spouses to attempt to reach agreements through mediation before filing a motion in court.  As with divorce mediation, post-decree mediation tends to preserve or strengthen relationships, freeing children of the burden of parental conflict.