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How to Modify Divorce Agreements in Hawaii

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2023 | Divorce

Divorce is a complex process, and navigating the legal system to modify your divorce agreement can be even more challenging. However, life circumstances change, and sometimes modifications are necessary to ensure that your agreement continues to work for you and your family. In this blog post, we will provide a comprehensive guide on modifying divorce agreements in Hawaii.

Step 1: Understand the Types of Modifications Available

Two types of modifications are available for divorce agreements in Hawaii- temporary and permanent. Temporary modifications are typically used to address short-term changes in circumstances, such as a job loss or illness. Permanent modifications are used for more long-term changes, such as a change in custody or support.

Step 2: Determine if Your Circumstances Qualify for a Modification

To qualify for a modification, you must demonstrate a substantial change in circumstances. This could include a change in income, employment, health, or your child’s needs. It is important to note that the change must be significant enough to warrant a modification.

Step 3: File a Motion for Modification with the Court

To begin the modification process, you must file a motion for modification with the court. This motion should include a detailed explanation of the changes in circumstances and how they warrant a modification. Working with an experienced family law attorney is important to ensure your motion is filed correctly.

Step 4: Attend a Court Hearing

After you file your motion, you will need to attend a court hearing. At this hearing, you can present your case to the judge and explain why a modification is necessary. It is important to have strong evidence and arguments to support your case.

Step 5: Obtain a Modified Divorce Agreement

If the judge approves your motion for modification, you will receive a modified divorce agreement. This agreement will reflect the changes in circumstances and will be legally binding.

Modifying a divorce agreement can be a complex and challenging process. However, with the proper guidance and support, it is possible to make changes that will benefit you and your family. At Coates Frey & Hackett, AAL LLLC, we have extensive experience helping clients modify their divorce agreements in Hawaii. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you navigate this process. 808-524-4854