Once a Massachusetts court enters a judgment in family law case, the parties must obey its provisions unless and until they are modified by the court. If something changes after the judgment is entered, such as a job loss or change or changes in the lives of parents or children, the question of what action to take arises. If the change is significant and long-term, then bringing a modification case should be considered.
If a modification case is filed, the court will consider the following:
- What was ordered?
- What changes have occurred since the entry of the judgment? Are they significant and long-term? Please bear in mind that the court is very busy and cannot get bogged down with what might reasonably be considered minor or short-term changes and will not get involved in an attempt to review a judgment already made based on the same or similar circumstances.