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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.

How to Modify Your Spousal Support Agreement

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.”

    Melissa

  • Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount we paid cut down by more than half!!

    “Jeffrey handled my Family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex’s got a big child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to Jeffrey handled my family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex-wife. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex-wife had a huge child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to court for that!! Then, she started coming after us for this big child support money every month. She wouldn’t even let her kids come over to visit with us and my kids, but just wanted the money and my husband wasn’t working. My co-worker went to Jeff for her divorce and she told me to call and talk to him. I am so thankful that I called him. I talked to him and he explained everything to me. I needed that because I didn’t know what to do. My husband and I met with him in his office. Jeff and the secretary were both so nice and very professional. I completely trust them! Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount my husband pays to his ex-wife cut down by more than half!! And on top of that got the judge to make my husband’s ex let the kids come and visit with my husband, who is still hurt, and my kids. Everything worked out so much better than I thought it could. I didn’t know we had a choice and that we could go to the judge to lower the support AND let us see the kids. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who need help with family law. Very Helpful.”

    Linda

  • 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.”

    Paul

  • 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

  • His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.

    “Jeff and his team are by far the best to work with. His staff is kind, courteous, and he is excellent at getting the job done in a timely fashion. He is very straight forward and makes it easy to understand what is going on step by step in your case. His experience and insight into the family law field is excellent. Jeff and his office have helped my family tremendously and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for family law help. If you wants to be sure it is done correct the first time and that your family's best interest are always cared for, he is the guy. His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.”

    Catherine