Complaint for Modification – a post-final-decree motion asking the court to change one of its earlier orders

complaint for modification – 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; motion to modify.

final judgment:

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 decreedefinitive 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.


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4


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