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what parts of a dissolution decree are modifiable and and what

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what parts of a dissolution decree are modifiable and and what parts arent,why are some modifiable and others aren't?what are uniform child custody jurisdiction and what remedies it provides?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  lwpat replied 7 years ago.

Child support is always modifiable and so is alimony unless there is a specific agreement between the parties otherwise. Even then a judge can overrule an agreement on child support since that right actually belongs to the child. There has to be a substantial change in circumstances to justify a change. The Uniform Child Custody jurisdiction is a Uniform Act adopted by almost all the states that sets out which state will have jurisdiction over custody issues. As long as one parent remains in the original state, then that state retains jurisdiction unless the parties agree differently.


Then there is the Federal Prevention of Parental Kidnapping Act



Customer: replied 7 years ago.
what part of a dissolution decree is modifiable and what parts are not modifiable? why are some modifiable and others are not?
Expert:  lwpat replied 7 years ago.
I think I answered that question. What specifically do you not understand? The division of property is not modifiable since that involves property. An agreement that states that alimony is not modifiable will normally be upheld. Custody, support and alimony are normally modifiable in order to be sure that the children and the dependent spouse are properly cared for if circumstances change and also the spouse that is paying has a method to equitably change what they were ordered to pay if their income goes down.