Material family changes can require review of court orders

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Support on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.

The term “boilerplate” is often heard in law, referring to something that is standardized and of generic application, such as a prewritten contract form or document that commands similar utility for high numbers of people.

Candidly, a one-size-fits-all document or legal approach does not often avail in the realm of family law, for one very simple reason.


Families are, of course, anything but boilerplate. Every family in Illinois, Missouri and across the country is distinctly unique, rendering it a virtual certainty that any legal assistance its members require must be well-considered, tightly tailored and carefully delivered.

With families, change and flux are a constant. Parents sometimes divorce. Children go through successive life stages that feature new markers and challenges. Jobs are both offered and terminated. Physical relocation to a new home or to pursue new employment is a commonplace.

Such realities make periodic revisiting of court orders in family law cases a flat necessity. Judges know and expect that.

That doesn’t mean, though, that they rubber stamp requested modifications to orders regarding child custody, visitation, support, alimony or other matters. A party seeking to have an existing order reviewed by a court needs to marshal a convincing argument that material life changes truly render a change necessary.

At Stange Law Firm, we work closely with family law clients seeking to make — and sometimes oppose — changes to existing orders. We know that life is complex and that few things are immutable, including, certainly, a family law order pegged to a certain time and given situation.

Persons seeking to know more about our firm and its work in this important family law area can visit us online at our St. Louis Modification of Child Support Orders page. We welcome your visit.

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