24/7 call for a free consultation 212-300-5196




When you’re facing a federal issue, you need an attorney whose going to be available 24/7 to help you get the results and outcome you need. The value of working with the Spodek Law Group is that we treat each and every client like a member of our family.

Post-Divorce Modification Lawyers in San Diego

Navigating Life’s Changes: How Our San Diego Post-Divorce Modification Lawyers Can Help

Life is full of twists and turns. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something changes. Maybe you got a new job across the country. Perhaps your ex-spouse remarried someone who isn’t exactly a positive influence on your kids. Or it could be that medical issues have impacted your ability to meet your spousal support obligations.Whatever the reason, when your divorce decree no longer fits your life circumstances, our experienced post-divorce modification attorneys in San Diego are here to help. At Spodek Law Group, we understand that change is inevitable. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to guiding clients through the often complex process of modifying divorce orders.

What exactly is a post-divorce modification?

In simple terms, it’s a legal process to change the terms of your divorce after the judge has issued a final decree. This could involve modifying orders related to:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support payments
  • Alimony/spousal support
  • Property division (in rare cases)

The key is that there must be a significant change in circumstances to justify reopening your case. The court won’t grant modifications on a whim. But with the right legal strategy, our skilled lawyers can help you secure the changes you need to align your divorce decree with your new reality.

Common Reasons to Seek a Post-Divorce Modification

Life doesn’t stand still after divorce. Here are some of the most frequent scenarios that lead clients to our door:

Reason for Modification Example
Job change You got laid off and can no longer afford your current child support payments
Relocation Your ex wants to move out of state with the kids
Remarriage Your former spouse married someone who earns a high income, potentially affecting alimony
Health issues You developed a serious medical condition that limits your earning potential
Child’s needs Your teenager wants to live full-time with you instead of your ex

The bottom line? If your divorce order no longer works for your family, don’t hesitate to explore your modification options with our knowledgeable attorneys.

Proving a Substantial Change in Circumstances

Of course, wanting a modification and actually getting one are two different things. The burden is on YOU as the requesting party to demonstrate to the court that a substantial change has occurred since your divorce was finalized.What does this mean in practice? Essentially, you’ll need to present compelling evidence to back up your claims, such as:

  • Income statements showing job loss or salary reduction
  • Medical records detailing a new health diagnosis
  • School documents if a child is struggling in their current living arrangement
  • Photos, texts, or social media posts indicating an ex-spouse’s concerning new lifestyle

Gathering this proof can feel overwhelming, especially if tensions are running high with your former partner. That’s where our modification lawyers come in. We’ll handle the heavy lifting of building your case so you can focus on adapting to your new normal.

Christine Twomey
Christine Twomey
Just had my Divorce case settled 2 months ago after having a horrible experience with another firm. I couldn’t be happier with Claire Banks and Elizabeth Garvey with their outstanding professionalism in doing so with Spodek Law Group. Any time I needed questions answered they were always prompt in doing so with all my uncertainties after 30 yrs of marriage.I feel from the bottom of my heart you will NOT be disappointed with either one. Thanks a million.
Brendan huisman
Brendan huisman
Alex Zhik contacted me almost immediately when I reached out to Spodek for a consultation and was able to effectively communicate the path forward/consequences of my legal issue. I immediately agreed to hire Alex for his services and did not regret my choice. He was able to cover my case in court (with 1 day notice) and not only was he able to push my case down, he carefully negotiated a dismissal of the charge altogether. I highly recommend Spodek, and more specifically, Alex Zhik for all of your legal issues. Thanks guys!
Guerline Menard
Guerline Menard
Thanks again Spodek law firm, particularly Esq Claire Banks who stood right there with us up to the finish line. Attached photos taken right outside of the court building and the smile on our faces represented victory, a breath of fresh air and satisfaction. We are very happy that this is over and we can move on with our lives. Thanks Spodek law 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼❤️
Keisha Parris
Keisha Parris
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko Beauty
Taïko Beauty
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence. Thank you team!
Anthony Williams
Anthony Williams
Hey, how you guys doing? Good afternoon my name is Anthony Williams I just want to give a great shout out to the team of. Spodek law group. It is such a honor to use them and to use their assistance through this whole case from start to finish. They did everything that they said they was gonna do and if it ever comes down to it, if I ever have to use them again, hands-down they will be the first law office at the top of my list, thank you guys so much. It was a pleasure having you guys by my side so if you guys ever need them, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and give them a call.
Loveth Okpedo
Loveth Okpedo
Very professional, very transparent, over all a great experience
Bee L
Bee L
Amazing experience with Spodek! Very professional lawyers who take your case seriously. They treated me with respect, were always available, and answered any and all questions. They were able to help me very successfully and removed a huge stress. Highly recommend.
divesh patel
divesh patel
I can't recommend Alex Zhik and Spodek Law Firm highly enough for their exceptional legal representation and personal mentorship. From the moment I engaged their services in October 2022, Alex took the time to understand my case thoroughly and provided guidance every step of the way. Alex's dedication to my case went above and beyond my expectations. His expertise, attention to detail, and commitment to achieving the best possible outcome were evident throughout the entire process. He took the time to mentor me, ensuring I understood the legal complexities involved to make informed decisions. Alex is the kind of guy you would want to have a beer with and has made a meaningful impact on me. I also want to acknowledge Todd Spodek, the leader of the firm, who played a crucial role in my case. His leadership and support bolstered the efforts of Alex, and his involvement highlighted the firm's commitment to excellence. Thanks to Alex Zhik and Todd Spodek, I achieved the outcome I desired, and I am incredibly grateful for their professionalism, expertise, and genuine care. If you're in need of legal representation, look no further than this outstanding team.

What If My Ex and I Agree on the Modification?

Ideally, you and your ex-spouse will see eye-to-eye on the need for a post-divorce modification. In this scenario, our attorneys can draft a new agreement reflecting the changes, which a judge can approve to make it legally binding.However, a word of caution: Even if you’re on great terms with your ex, it’s still wise to involve a lawyer. Informal side arrangements leave too much room for misunderstandings down the road. A properly executed modification will give you an enforceable court order to fall back on if disagreements arise later.

Modifying Child Custody and Visitation

For most parents, child-related issues are the most crucial aspect of any divorce modification. Whether you’re seeking more time with your kids or believe your current parenting plan is no longer meeting their needs, our custody modification attorneys are here to advocate for your family.Some common reasons parents seek to modify custody include:

  • Concerns about the other parent’s ability to care for the children (substance abuse, mental health issues, etc.)
  • A parent’s wish to relocate with the children
  • Changes in a child’s academic, emotional, or medical needs
  • A child’s own preference to adjust the living arrangements (if they’re mature enough)

As with any modification, the court’s top priority will be the best interests of your children. Our job is to present a compelling argument for why the changes you’re seeking will benefit them. We’re skilled at highlighting the relevant factors judges consider, such as:

  • Each parent’s relationship with the children
  • The kids’ adjustment to home, school, and community
  • The mental and physical health of all involved parties
  • Any history of abuse or neglect
  • The children’s own wishes (if appropriate)

Custody battles are inherently emotional. But with our rational, results-focused approach, we can help you stay grounded and work toward an arrangement that supports your children’s well-being.

Modifying Child Support and Alimony

Money is often a huge stressor after divorce. When financial circumstances change, it’s natural to look at modifying your child support or alimony obligations. But how do you know if you have a case?Generally, the court will consider modifying support if:

  • The paying parent has had a significant drop in income (job loss, retirement, disability)
  • The receiving parent has had a significant increase in income
  • The child’s financial needs have changed substantially (new medical expenses, education costs)
  • The paying parent is incarcerated and unable to pay

It’s important to note that you can’t unilaterally stop making payments, even if you think you have a good reason. Doing so could put you in contempt of court. The proper channel is to request a formal modification and keep paying until a judge says otherwise.At Spodek Law Group, we’re adept at running the numbers to determine if a support modification is warranted. We’ll gather financial documentation, negotiate with your ex’s attorney, and present a persuasive argument to the court. Whether you’re the one paying or receiving, we’ll strive to ensure the revised order is fair and feasible.

The Modification Process: What to Expect

Knowing what to anticipate can make the modification process feel less daunting. While each case is unique, here’s a general overview of how it typically unfolds:

  1. Initial consultation: You’ll meet with one of our modification attorneys to discuss your situation and goals. We’ll give you an honest assessment of your case and explain your legal options.
  2. Filing the motion: If we determine that a modification is appropriate, we’ll prepare and file the necessary paperwork with the court. This includes a formal motion detailing the changes you’re requesting and why.
  3. Serving your ex: Your former spouse must be properly notified of your modification request. We’ll make sure this is handled correctly to avoid any procedural hiccups.
  4. Response from your ex: Your ex has the right to file a response agreeing with or objecting to your proposed changes. If they object, they’ll need to explain why.
  5. Negotiation and mediation: In many cases, modifications can be settled outside of court through negotiation or mediation. Our attorneys are skilled at finding creative solutions that work for both parties.
  6. Court hearing: If an agreement can’t be reached, a judge will hear arguments from both sides and make a ruling. We’ll zealously advocate for your position and present the strongest possible case.
  7. Finalizing the order: Once the judge issues a decision, we’ll make sure the new order is properly drafted and entered into the court record. We’ll also advise you on how to implement the changes in your day-to-day life.

Throughout the process, our team will be by your side, providing guidance, support, and fierce legal representation. We know modifications can be stressful, but we’ll do everything in our power to make it as smooth as possible.

Why Choose Spodek Law Group for Your Post-Divorce Modification?

Selecting the right attorney can make all the difference in achieving your modification goals. At Spodek Law Group, we bring decades of family law experience to the table. We’ve helped countless clients successfully navigate post-divorce changes, and we’re ready to put our skills to work for you.Here are just a few reasons to choose us:

  • In-depth knowledge of California modification laws: We stay on top of the latest legal developments to give you the best possible advice.
  • Personalized attention: We take the time to understand your unique situation and tailor our approach accordingly. You’re never just a case number to us.
  • Aggressive advocacy: We’re not afraid to fight for what’s fair. Whether in negotiations or in court, we’ll passionately argue for your interests.
  • Creative problem-solving: Modifications often require thinking outside the box. We excel at finding innovative solutions that meet your needs.
  • Compassionate counsel: We know this is a difficult time. Our attorneys will treat you with the respect and empathy you deserve, while providing objective legal guidance.

Most importantly, we’re committed to helping you thrive in this new chapter of your life. A well-crafted modification can provide the stability and peace of mind you need to move forward with confidence.

Get Started with a Free Consultation

Ready to explore your post-divorce modification options? We’re here to help. Contact Spodek Law Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We’ll listen to your story, answer your questions, and explain how we can assist you.

Schedule Your Consultation Now