MODIFICATIONS OF EXISTING JUDGMENTS AND ORDERS
Unless certain issues have been bifurcated or reserved for separate trial, the judgment is a final, binding adjudication of all issues to be determined in the action, including marital status, division of property, child custody and support, spousal support, attorney fees and costs, and injunctive orders. Once the judgment becomes final, the doctrine of res judicata prevents litigation of any issues. However, child custody and child support orders contained in the judgment are modifiable, based on post judgment circumstances, and in most cases the same is true of spousal support.
Final judgment can also be modified/set aside if a party to the action failed to disclose fully community and/or separate property assets during the dissolution, which materially affected the other party.
For more information call the Law Office of Maria Taylor at (760) 583-1473.