How does post-divorce modification work in Connecticut?

Knowing which steps should be taken to arrange a post-divorce modification will make the process easier for people.

When people in Connecticut get married, they don't plan on a divorce happening somewhere down the line; however it is true that many marriages end up dissolving at some point along the line. An article in the Connecticut Post states that of all the current married couples, one in three will wind up dealing with a divorce.

The major changes that have to be dealt with during a split-up can be a challenge to deal with, but beyond the initial agreements reached during the divorcing period, it may turn out that more changes occur. When this happens, a post-divorce modification can alter preexisting agreements in a divorce such as custody, alimony and other aspects in a way that can better accommodate a shift in life circumstances.

Filing the right forms in court

There are a few steps to setting up what is known as a Motion for Modification, including the preparation of a number of different forms that must be submitted to the court. A breakdown of assets, debts, expenses and income known as a Financial Affidavit will have to be brought to court. Those who wish to make an alteration to visitation arrangements, or to custody or child support can file to the Superior Court Clerk's office an Affidavit Concerning Children. In addition to the above forms, it is necessary to file an Appearance and a Motion for Modification.

Delivering paperwork to the other party

The person seeking the modification must prove that he or she delivered copies of all paperwork to the other party, and once they have been delivered, return the originals to the Clerk's office. Unless the court decides that the party seeking the modification does not have to pay, he or she will have to pay a State Marshal to deliver the copies to the other person. These papers must include the place, time, and date of the upcoming hearing, where the motion will be evaluated.

Additional information

Anyone who is looking for more information about court procedures may find it useful to visit a Court Service Center. Every courthouse has a Clerk's office as well. Forms and procedures change whenever the law changes, so it is important for people to stay up to date about all the relevant legal information to what they are pursuing.

Going back and forth getting forms signed and checking to make sure all the proper steps have been followed can be tiresome. Those in Connecticut who are considering post-divorce modification may find it helpful to seek the counsel of a local attorney who practices family law.