Q) Are all arrangements final after the judge has made the decree?
A) Not necessarily. After a divorce is final, changes in some arrangements (like custody, visitation and support) may be considered if either party can show a judge that circumstances have changed substantially. Equitable distribution is usually not modifiable. A modification in support arrangements may be called for in the event there have been changed circumstances that substantially effect either the payer/payee spouse’s ability to maintain the standard of living which was reflected in the original decree. Criteria that may influence the court to order a modification might include inflation, a decrease or increase in either party’s income, illness, disability, the decision of the dependent spouse to live with another person or a new job. Be aware, though, that each individual case will be considered upon the circumstances of that case.