Can I get a provision change in my divorce settlement from 20 years ago?

If so, how?

Asked on March 28, 2017 under Family Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

A settlement is an agreement--it's basically a contract. Like any agreement or contract, it can be changed by the mutual, or joint, agreement of the parties--i.e. if you and your ex agree to the change. Clearly, he or she will not if you want something only good for you, not him or her; but if circumstances have changed so that the agreement is not really working any longer, if you can come up with an alternative or change that offers both of you something, they may agree to it. You can start the conversation by contacting your ex directly, if he or she had no attorney; or through their lawyer, if they have one.


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