Motion to Modify – a post-final-decree motion requesting the court to change its previous child support, visitation, or similar order

Motion to Modify:

1. A post-final-decree motion asking the court to change one of its earlier orders; especially a request to change child support or visitation. – aka complaint for modification; motion for modification. 

final decree:

1. A court’s last action that settles the rights of the parties and disposes of all issues in controversy, except for the award of costs (and, sometimes, attorney’s fees) and enforcement of the judgment. — aka final appealable judgmentfinal decisionfinal judgmentdefinitive judgmentdeterminative judgmentfinal appealable order

final-judgment rule:

1. The principle that a party may appeal only from a district court’s final decision that ends the litigation on the merits.  *  Under this rule, a party must raise all claims of error in a  single appeal. — aka final-decision rulefinality rule28 USCA § 1291.  Cf. FINALITY DOCTRINE; INTERLOCUTORY APPEALS ACT; DEATH-KNELL DOCTRINE. [1]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6


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