Post-decree modifications: making changes after the court’s order.
After a court enters a decree of dissolution of marriage or order concerning parental responsibility, some orders can be modified if certain conditions exist. These types of orders may be modified:
- Parenting time
- Decision-making responsibility
- Child support
Colorado law requires that the court consider specific factors before modifying parenting time, decision-making responsibility, child support, and maintenance. Judges have discretion in applying those factors. It is important to understand the legal requirements necessary to convince the court to modify its prior orders.
Post-decree modification cases can be time-consuming and costly. It is very important to understand and appreciate the cost/benefit analysis of such cases, and the burden of proof required in order to achieve a modification of an existing order.