What happens if you aren’t satisfied with the orders of a Jefferson County Family Law Judge? This question embodies an important issue for those who have just come out of a ruling, and for those who have yet to begin the divorce process.
There is rarely a “win” or “lose” decision in family law. Our Judges seek a fair “middle ground” solution that often leaves both parties feeling a bit like they’ve been punched in the stomach. When both parties walk away a little disillusioned the Judge knows the decision was most likely a fair one. This also serves as a warning for those entering the divorce process:
It is far better, faster, less expensive and easier to live with settlements that you have reached through negotiation or mediation with your former spouse.
People who go through a successful negotiation or mediation are more likely to abide by the agreements they’ve reached and feel more “satisfied” with not only the outcome but the process.
So what should you do if the Judge has already ruled and you aren’t satisfied with the orders of a Jefferson County Family Law Judge? Abide by the ruling of the Court to the letter of the order. Failure to comply with a Judge’s order will result in additional consequences that will be even more painful than what you currently feel about the Judge’s ruling.
The orders can be changed down the road if there is a substantial change in the “status quo.” This can include the loss of a job, a move, addictions, recovery from an addiction, an increase or decrease in income that exceeds 10%, or a debilitating injury. The Court will almost always require a substantial change in circumstances to hear a request for modification.
What about an appeal? The experienced Divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd Attorneys, PLLC can advise you on your unique circumstances and the likelihood of success if you choose to pursue an appeal. Decisions are overturned on appeal, and this often forms the basis of new law.
Most importantly, it is important to work with experienced proven divorce attorneys. We invite you to contact us or call 502-584-1108 to schedule an appointment with one of our family law lawyers. We work to achieve our client’s goals and to resolve cases in a manner that avoids the question of what to do if you aren’t satisfied with the orders of a Jefferson County Family Law Judge.