Top Ten Myths in Illinois Divorce Cases [Myth #9]

Myth: If I don’t like the outcome of my divorce trial, I can always modify it.

The answer is, generally not.  Once a judgment is entered as a  result of a contested trial, child support and maintenance are not modifiable unless there is a substantial change in circumstances that is proved in an evidentiary hearing, after which the Court may modify that support or maintenance. Property terms on the other hand, really are set in stone, in the absence of fraud, duress, or unconscionability.  Once you have your trial,  you’re pretty much stuck with the result unless you appeal successfully, somebody loses a job or gets sick, or the spouse receiving support has a large increase expenses.

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