LAW OFFICE OF                                 SHAWN DICKERSON

Modification of Prior Orders

Modification of Prior Orders

In the State of California, the superior court maintains jurisdiction over the issues of child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support after the initial judgment is entered. This means that the court is able to modify the original order if there is sufficient reason to do so.

The jurisdiction maintained by the court varies depending on the issue at hand.  

With regard to child custody, the court maintains jurisdiction until a child is 18 years old.

With regard to child support, the court maintains jurisdiction until a child is 18 years old or 19 years old and still a full time high school student.

With regard to spousal support, the period of time that the court maintains jurisdiction varies depending on whether the marriage was of a long-duration (more than ten years) or short-term (less than ten years).  Additionally, this jurisdiction depends on whether the spousal support agreement has already been terminated by a change in circumstances and the income available to the supporting party to maintain the marital standard of living of the supported party.

With regard to other types of cases, judgments may specifically contain an order to maintain jurisdiction over any other issue, which would be determined by the actual wording of the Judgment.

In any of the above cases, Mr. Dickerson is able to efficiently and competently either negotiate revised terms or litigate said issues. This is true whether or not the client utilized our office to obtain the initial judgment.  In the case of modification, we generally quote lesser retainers, and the resolution of said issues takes substantially less time than it does to obtain the initial orders for judgment.