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Buyer’s Remorse in Family Law Cases

By Amy Rebecca Johnson

We’ve all heard of and maybe we’ve experienced some buyer’s remorse in our lives. Buyer’s remorse is the sense of regret after making a purchase. Usually, the feeling is associated with a large purchase and will go away over time, once the purchaser adjusts to the shock of spending the money. But what about “buyer’s remorse” for your family law case? As a family law attorney, I often see people suffering from buyer’s remorse from their family law matter settlement. Typically, after the dust has settled from the resolution of a matter, and the person has some time to consider the settlement or the effects of it, they may feel that they have either given too much away or feel like they didn’t get enough in their settlement. They want to change it, so they’ll seek assistance from me or one of my colleagues.  

Making changes after the matter is resolved just because someone has buyer’s remorse is only going to be possible in rare circumstances. While modifications are possible in certain areas–child support, child custody, and spousal support–the law requires a change in circumstances to ask a court to make these kinds of changes and, unfortunately, buyer’s remorse does not qualify as a change of circumstances. 

The best solution to avoid buyer’s remorse in the first place is to make sure you fully understand the agreement you enter into before signing it and after a reasonable time to reflect upon it.  To do this, you should have an attorney who is experienced in family law and can provide you with information and assistance in making the best decision for an outcome that meets your particular needs.

A St. Louis family law attorney at Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. is here to help in your family law needs. 


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