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Spousal Support Modifications

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Spousal support agreements are established to ensure the spouse that made the lesser income does not fall on hard times after a divorce. Since the future is unpredictable and financial situations are prone to sudden, dramatic changes, California family law courts permit alimony payments to be adjusted one way or another, given the right circumstances. If you would like to file for a spousal support modification but do not know where to begin, look no further than the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff.

Reasons why people like working with me, a trusted Westlake Village divorce attorney:

  • I have 35+ years of legal experience focused on family law disputes.
  • I make myself available to help clients on weekends and after-hours.
  • I have successfully represented thousands of clients.
  • I offer free initial consultations to inquiring parties.

I look forward to helping you. Contact my firm today.

What Constitutes a Material Change in Circumstances in Spousal Support?

As a general rule, family law courts resist changing preexisting orders in order to keep matters simple. If you are going to ask for a spousal support modification, then you need to show them it is not wanted but needed. The court will want to see that you have undergone a significant life change that warrants the adjustment. Keep in mind that the paying spouse can request to pay less, or the receiving spouse can request to receive more.

Examples of significant life changes the court may consider include:

  • You unexpectedly lose your job.
  • You need to undergo an expensive relocation to keep gainful employment.
  • You are seriously injured or fall ill and incur high medical costs.
  • Your ex-spouse remarries and you were paying spousal support.

If you have concerns that the court will not approve of your requested spousal support modification, then I would be happy to talk to you about mediating the situation between yourself and your ex-spouse. The two of you can reach a new agreement outside of the courtroom and bring it to the court for officiation. This process often lets spouses enjoy a more comfortable financial situation but requires cooperation and no ill-will between the two of them.

Get Smart Solutions to Resolve Cases Quickly

As a Westlake Village family lawyer with years of experience, I have personally explored numerous avenues to reach a fair, workable conclusion for spousal support modification cases. When you work with me, I hope you can rest easy knowing that your case is in capable hands. During a free case evaluation, we can start to uncover the right way for you to ask for a modification.

Talk to me today by calling (805) 633-4999 or sending me an online contact form.

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Happy Clients

  • In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me.

    “In a very difficult time in my life, Mr. Graff provided excellent service to me. Patient with my process, he was always prompt to return my calls, and gave me realistic advice. While other lawyers might be evasive in an effort to prolong the process (hence their fees), Mr. Graff was straightforward and eager to conclude the proceedings quickly in an effort to minimize my pain.”


  • I have faith in Jeffery Graff.

    “I am a battered woman. Jeffrey saw this when I walked in a year ago to hire him to get a divorce. I was not ready. I thought I could save my 27yr marriage. He knew I would be back when I was ready. He never pushed me to follow through, he waited for me to make to be ready for the long haul. I finally did it! I got tired of being abused in so many ways. Jeffery is a very patient man. I know he will take care of me!!!!! So far so good. I know he is going to keep me in my house for now or ever. He was honest and said we may have to sell but I know the job will get done in my best interest!”

    Former Client

  • I felt that he always had my best interest in mind!

    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M

  • He was easy to work with!

    “Fees were reasonable and he helped me work through my divorce to ensure it was done in a timely manner. He was easy to work with!”

    Former Client

  • He understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types!

    “Jeff is very kind and always takes time to listen to my issues and questions. He is very professional. Jeff is always prepared for court and his experience is obvious when you see that all the judges know him and regard him with great esteem. Jeff understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types of issues which characterized my case. If you would like to be able to trust that your lawyer is going to resolve your issue to the best possible outcome while being professional and courteous, Jeff Graff is the attorney for you.”