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Going through a divorce can be a difficult and lengthy process. Divorces are often emotionally charged and can cause you severe stress. After finalizing your divorce, the thought of opening it all back up can be unpleasant. However, you may find yourself in a situation where you need or want to alter the terms of your divorce. If so, a Virginia Beach divorce modifications attorney can help.

At Melone Hatley, P.C., we have been helping our clients overcome the challenges presented by attempting to modify the terms of a divorce agreement or order for over a decade. Our team of experienced and award-winning Virginia Beach divorce lawyers will do everything in their power to protect your rights and achieve your goals. Reach out today to schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team.

How the Divorce Modification Process Works

After finalizing the terms of your divorce, there are several reasons you may want to modify or change the terms of the original divorce settlement or divorce order. However, attempting to work through this complicated legal process on your own can be incredibly challenging. Fortunately, an experienced divorce modification lawyer can help you navigate every step of the process.

When filing for a modification of your divorce order, the first step is to file a petition, in the appropriate court, for the modification. Your petition must include the statutory requirements for the modification, Va. Code Section 20-108. Once the petition is filed, the opposing party can review it and respond.

The next steps will be to conduct discovery, file and respond to motions, attempt to settle the matter, and scheduling an actual trial date. 

If you do need to have a trial on this issue, your Virginia Beach family lawyer will present the case they have prepared as they attempt to secure the modifications you desire.

When Your Former Spouse Initiates the Modification Process

Of course, you may also find yourself in need of an experienced divorce modifications lawyer if your former spouse seeks to make a change to your original divorce settlement or divorce order. 

Even if both parties are in agreement that a change should be made, there are likely going to be discrepancies in the specific changes that each side proposes. At Melone Hatley, P.C., we will work diligently to protect your rights, this includes a full evaluation of the implications of the modification and ensure that the new modified order is drafted fairly. 

Changes a Divorce Modifications Attorney in Virginia Beach Can Help You Pursue

There are a variety of ways things about your original divorce settlement that you may wish to modify. Some of the most common modifications people request are:

  • Child custody 
  • Child support
  • Spousal support
  • Changes to Military Support Orders

Child Custody Modifications

Many changes can occur in your life, the life of your former spouse, or your child that can lead you to want to modify the terms of the child custody arrangement or order that was created as part of your divorce. Some of the leading reasons people seek to alter their custody agreement include:

  • Remarriage or another change to the household
  • Change in living conditions
  • Changes in work schedules
  • Job relocation

If you or your former spouse remarry, begin living with a new partner, or undergo some other change to the setup of either household, there might be a good reason to alter your child custody agreement. This need is especially great if there are concerns for the safety of your children in regard to this new living arrangement.

Another reason to request a custody change could be if one parent moves into a new home with living conditions that are drastically different. If the new living conditions are significantly more or less suitable for children, a judge may see a reason to make a change.

Any major shift in either party’s work schedule can also necessitate an adjustment to the custody agreement to ensure that the parent and child schedules align. Furthermore, a joint custody agreement may no longer be an option if one party has to relocate for work.

If one parent is planning to relocate out of the area, this can necessitate modification; however, relocation cases are much different than a normal modification case. You can read more about relocation with a child post separation or divorce here

Child Support Modifications

Any substantial and material change in the financial situation of either parent can warrant a modification to the amount of money being paid in child support. For example, if the parent paying child support gets laid off from work, they may no longer be able to pay the amount of money that was originally settled upon in the divorce agreement.

Alternatively, if they receive a significant increase in their income, they may need to pay more than they were paying before. At the same time, if the amount of money being earned by the parent who is receiving child support alters drastically, the money they receive could be increased or decreased based on their earnings.

If there were modifications made to the original child custody agreement, and the primary custody of the children shifts from one parent to the other, the parent who was previously paying child support may now be receiving support instead.

Spousal Support Modifications

As with modifications to a child support agreement, any drastic changes to the income being earned by one party or the other can be grounds for altering the amount of money to be paid in spousal support.

If you are interested in changing the amount you are paying or receiving through spousal support, an experienced divorce modification attorney serving Virginia Beach can help.

Get Help from an Experienced Virginia Beach Divorce Modifications Attorney Today

If changes in the circumstances of your life necessitate a change to your divorce agreement, the best way to ensure favorable modifications to your situation is by hiring an experienced award-winning divorce modifications attorney. At Melone Hatley, P.C., we are ready and willing to help you as you pursue modifications to your divorce agreement.

Contact us by completing our contact form or giving us a call and schedule your free, no-obligation case review today.

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Last updated: October 20, 2022

This Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of Your information when You use the Service and tells You about Your privacy rights and how the law protects You.

We use Your Personal data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, You agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy has been created with the help of the Free Privacy Policy Generator.

Interpretation and Definitions


The words of which the initial letter is capitalized have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural.


For the purposes of this Privacy Policy:

  • Account means a unique account created for You to access our Service or parts of our Service.

  • Company (referred to as either “the Company”, “We”, “Us” or “Our” in this Agreement) refers to Melone Hatley, P.C., 448 Viking Drive, Suite 170 Virginia Beach, VA. 23452.

  • Cookies are small files that are placed on Your computer, mobile device or any other device by a website, containing the details of Your browsing history on that website among its many uses.

  • Country refers to: Virginia, United States

  • Device means any device that can access the Service such as a computer, a cellphone or a digital tablet.

  • Personal Data is any information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.

  • Service refers to the Website.

  • Service Provider means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Company. It refers to third-party companies or individuals employed by the Company to facilitate the Service, to provide the Service on behalf of the Company, to perform services related to the Service or to assist the Company in analyzing how the Service is used.

  • Usage Data refers to data collected automatically, either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).

  • Website refers to Melone Hatley, P.C., accessible from

  • You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.

Collecting and Using Your Personal Data

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using Our Service, We may ask You to provide Us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify You. Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Usage Data

Usage Data

Usage Data is collected automatically when using the Service.

Usage Data may include information such as Your Device’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that You visit, the time and date of Your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

When You access the Service by or through a mobile device, We may collect certain information automatically, including, but not limited to, the type of mobile device You use, Your mobile device unique ID, the IP address of Your mobile device, Your mobile operating system, the type of mobile Internet browser You use, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

We may also collect information that Your browser sends whenever You visit our Service or when You access the Service by or through a mobile device.

Tracking Technologies and Cookies

We use Cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on Our Service and store certain information. Tracking technologies used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information and to improve and analyze Our Service. The technologies We use may include:

  • Cookies or Browser Cookies. A cookie is a small file placed on Your Device. You can instruct Your browser to refuse all Cookies or to indicate when a Cookie is being sent. However, if You do not accept Cookies, You may not be able to use some parts of our Service. Unless you have adjusted Your browser setting so that it will refuse Cookies, our Service may use Cookies.
  • Web Beacons. Certain sections of our Service and our emails may contain small electronic files known as web beacons (also referred to as clear gifs, pixel tags, and single-pixel gifs) that permit the Company, for example, to count users who have visited those pages or opened an email and for other related website statistics (for example, recording the popularity of a certain section and verifying system and server integrity).

Cookies can be “Persistent” or “Session” Cookies. Persistent Cookies remain on Your personal computer or mobile device when You go offline, while Session Cookies are deleted as soon as You close Your web browser. Learn more about cookies on the Free Privacy Policy website article.

We use both Session and Persistent Cookies for the purposes set out below:

  • Necessary / Essential Cookies

    Type: Session Cookies

    Administered by: Us

    Purpose: These Cookies are essential to provide You with services available through the Website and to enable You to use some of its features. They help to authenticate users and prevent fraudulent use of user accounts. Without these Cookies, the services that You have asked for cannot be provided, and We only use these Cookies to provide You with those services.

  • Cookies Policy / Notice Acceptance Cookies

    Type: Persistent Cookies

    Administered by: Us

    Purpose: These Cookies identify if users have accepted the use of cookies on the Website.

  • Functionality Cookies

    Type: Persistent Cookies

    Administered by: Us

    Purpose: These Cookies allow us to remember choices You make when You use the Website, such as remembering your login details or language preference. The purpose of these Cookies is to provide You with a more personal experience and to avoid You having to re-enter your preferences every time You use the Website.

For more information about the cookies we use and your choices regarding cookies, please visit our Cookies Policy or the Cookies section of our Privacy Policy.

Use of Your Personal Data

The Company may use Personal Data for the following purposes:

  • To provide and maintain our Service, including to monitor the usage of our Service.

  • To manage Your Account: to manage Your registration as a user of the Service. The Personal Data You provide can give You access to different functionalities of the Service that are available to You as a registered user.

  • For the performance of a contract: the development, compliance and undertaking of the purchase contract for the products, items or services You have purchased or of any other contract with Us through the Service.

  • To contact You: To contact You by email, telephone calls, SMS, or other equivalent forms of electronic communication, such as a mobile application’s push notifications regarding updates or informative communications related to the functionalities, products or contracted services, including the security updates, when necessary or reasonable for their implementation.

  • To provide You with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless You have opted not to receive such information.

  • To manage Your requests: To attend and manage Your requests to Us.

  • For business transfers: We may use Your information to evaluate or conduct a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of Our assets, whether as a going concern or as part of bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which Personal Data held by Us about our Service users is among the assets transferred.

  • For other purposes: We may use Your information for other purposes, such as data analysis, identifying usage trends, determining the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and to evaluate and improve our Service, products, services, marketing and your experience.

We may share Your personal information in the following situations:

  • With Service Providers: We may share Your personal information with Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service, to contact You.
  • For business transfers: We may share or transfer Your personal information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of Company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of Our business to another company.
  • With Affiliates: We may share Your information with Our affiliates, in which case we will require those affiliates to honor this Privacy Policy. Affiliates include Our parent company and any other subsidiaries, joint venture partners or other companies that We control or that are under common control with Us.
  • With business partners: We may share Your information with Our business partners to offer You certain products, services or promotions.
  • With other users: when You share personal information or otherwise interact in the public areas with other users, such information may be viewed by all users and may be publicly distributed outside.
  • With Your consent: We may disclose Your personal information for any other purpose with Your consent.

Retention of Your Personal Data

The Company will retain Your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use Your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

The Company will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of Our Service, or We are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Transfer of Your Personal Data

Your information, including Personal Data, is processed at the Company’s operating offices and in any other places where the parties involved in the processing are located. It means that this information may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of Your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from Your jurisdiction.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by Your submission of such information represents Your agreement to that transfer.

The Company will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that Your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of Your Personal Data will take place to an organization or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of Your data and other personal information.

Delete Your Personal Data

You have the right to delete or request that We assist in deleting the Personal Data that We have collected about You.

Our Service may give You the ability to delete certain information about You from within the Service.

You may update, amend, or delete Your information at any time by signing in to Your Account, if you have one, and visiting the account settings section that allows you to manage Your personal information. You may also contact Us to request access to, correct, or delete any personal information that You have provided to Us.

Please note, however, that We may need to retain certain information when we have a legal obligation or lawful basis to do so.

Disclosure of Your Personal Data

Business Transactions

If the Company is involved in a merger, acquisition or asset sale, Your Personal Data may be transferred. We will provide notice before Your Personal Data is transferred and becomes subject to a different Privacy Policy.

Law enforcement

Under certain circumstances, the Company may be required to disclose Your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Other legal requirements

The Company may disclose Your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • Comply with a legal obligation
  • Protect and defend the rights or property of the Company
  • Prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • Protect the personal safety of Users of the Service or the public
  • Protect against legal liability

Security of Your Personal Data

The security of Your Personal Data is important to Us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While We strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect Your Personal Data, We cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Children’s Privacy

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 13. We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13. If You are a parent or guardian and You are aware that Your child has provided Us with Personal Data, please contact Us. If We become aware that We have collected Personal Data from anyone under the age of 13 without verification of parental consent, We take steps to remove that information from Our servers.

If We need to rely on consent as a legal basis for processing Your information and Your country requires consent from a parent, We may require Your parent’s consent before We collect and use that information.

Links to Other Websites

Our Service may contain links to other websites that are not operated by Us. If You click on a third party link, You will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise You to review the Privacy Policy of every site You visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update Our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify You of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let You know via email and/or a prominent notice on Our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “Last updated” date at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

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