After a divorce decree has been entered, can a Norfolk Circuit Court enter a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) to create a procedural change effectuating the terms of the final divorce decree?
Yes. Courts always have the authority to interpret their own orders, even 21 days after entry of a divorce decree. As long as the Norfolk Circuit Court Judge does not alter the terms of the initial decree substantively, the Judge can enter a QDRO to make it conform to the intentions of the party.
Jon Montagna received a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from American University in Washington D.C. and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1999. Jon practices law in the Hampton Roads Virginia area.