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Complaint for Modification


Term Definition Complaint for Modification - see Modification, Complaint.
Application in Divorce A Complaint or Petition for Modification is filed with the court to initiate the process of modifying an existing order. The content of this legal document asks the court for a modification based on a change in circumstance. The change must be substantial and cannot be an issue that had previously been addressed by the court when establishing the existing order. Child support, custody, and visitation are the most common orders that are modifiable by the court and require the filing of a Complaint or Petition to initiate the process.

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