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Spousal Support Modifications

Westlake Village Divorce Attorney – (805) 633-4999

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

  • 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

  • I cannot give Jeffrey Graff enough accolades.

    “I knew Jeffrey personally as a proud family man and a pillar of the community with an stellar reputation as a family/divorce attorney. When my daughter was going through her divorce and had several bad experiences with two attorneys, in the Westlake Village area, I recommended Jeffery to her. After meeting with us to discuss the situation and issues, Jeffery and his staff went to work, we went to court, Jeffery not only got the results my daughter had hoped for, but also managed to have the opposing party cover his fees, he is beyond knowledgeable, professional and fair, he's brilliant at what he does and worth every penny. I have since recommended Jeffrey to all my friends and acquaintances who need legal help and will continue to do so. I cannot give Jeffrey Graff enough accolades and thanks for his help and exceptional negotiating skill in settling the case, thank you, again.”

    Dianne R.

  • He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters.

    “I chose Mr. Graff to represent me in my divorce since he was also knowledgeable with bankruptcy law. He promptly returned phone calls, was quite helpful and consistent in advising me. He knew and understood my case and was very professional in representing me. Furthermore, I knew he was well respected in the courtroom and by other attorneys. He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters. I would absolutely hire him again and definitely recommend him to anyone in need of family law representation.”


  • 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.”


  • Mr. Graff, thank you so very much for all you have done for me and my family.

    “I am writing this to let you know how much I appreciate all your past services in completing my divorce and inter-spousal transfer deed! I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your expertise, patience, and professionalism during a very difficult time in my life.Thanks to you taking good care of my case, I refinanced my home in March of this year, and finally have the new deed in my name! This blessing is because you agreed to take my case and you and your staff completed the transaction through the end ... thank you! Mr. Graff, thank you so very much for all you have done for me and my family I am very appreciative and wanted you to know.”

    Former Client