Post-Divorce Modification and Enforcement in Nashville

Protecting your rights and adapting to your changing life

Unfortunately, a divorce is never actually final, especially when there are young children involved. Child custody and support plans often need periodic adjustment or supervision, and even asset distribution plans may need to be enforced or interpreted by the court after the divorce decree is entered. We at Miller Upshaw Family Law, PLLC know that our clients may continue to need legal assistance for post-divorce modification and enforcement long after their divorces are finalized. Our Nashville attorneys can help you protect your rights following divorce and adjust support and custody arrangements to meet your changing circumstances.

Enforcement of decrees

Most people respect court orders and do what is required of them following divorce without question. However unfortunately, others try to push their luck. In many instances, the other party does not want to be confrontational.

When divorced parties refuse to do what is required of them under a divorce decree or other court order, they may have to appear before the court to explain why. Whether you are the party seeking to enforce a decree or the one accused of noncompliance, our attorneys can advise you of your options and help you properly frame the facts and effectively present them to a judge if the other party persists in ignoring the court order.

Modification to accommodate changes in circumstances

The law recognizes that circumstances may change as time goes by. That is why, under the right circumstances, many family court orders can be appropriately modified upon the request of one or both parties:

  • Child support — A court may alter the amount of child support required if there is a significant variance in the income of either parent, if there is a substantial change in the needs of the child, such as special educational or ongoing medical expenses, if the custody arrangement between the parties changes or if any other material and relevant change of circumstances occurs.
  • Alimony — Payments for spousal support or alimony may be changed or discontinued if there has been a substantial and material change in circumstances justifying the modification, and this is only if the alimony is of a type that is modifiable by law.
  • Child custody — While courts generally like to preserve stability in child custody arrangements, these arrangements may be modified because of a material change in circumstances, the discovery of new relevant facts or agreement of the parties as long as any change is in the best interests of the child.

Call us for ongoing support following your divorce

At Miller Upshaw Family Law, PLLC, our attorneys chose family law because of the satisfaction we get from helping clients in Nashville move on to their new lives after divorce. We continue to help them with modification and enforcement issues long after their divorces have been finalized. On Woodland Street in historic Edgefield, our Nashville office is within sight of the courthouse and offers free parking. Call us today at 615-391-4200 or contact us online to schedule an in-person or video consultation with an experienced attorney.