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.
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- I have 35+ years of legal experience focused on family law disputes.
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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.
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.