Are Spousal Support Agreements Permanent?
Over time, your situation may change, as may your ex-spouse’s. You may be able to modify your spousal support agreement, depending on the circumstances. Doing this can be difficult, as California family law courts prefer to have financial arrangements set and maintained. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the legal system and can help you seek a spousal support modification.
As far as we’re concerned at The Koblin Family Law Center, change is simply a part of life. During our years of legal practice, we have helped many people alter their original spousal support agreements. Our intimate knowledge of the court system and in-depth understanding of the law help us position your case for a favorable outcome.
Requirements For Spousal Support Modifications
To alter your spousal support orders, you must be able to show a significant change in circumstance. This can include:
- Losing your job
- A significant decrease in your income
- Your former spouse gaining a job or getting an increase in income
- Your former spouse getting remarried
Either party can request a modification of spousal support orders. If you are paying spousal support and your former spouse’s financial circumstances suddenly improve, you may want to request a lower payment or to stop payments altogether.
If you are receiving spousal support, you may want to request your former spouse pay more if you have recently lost your job or he or she has recently gotten a better job or a raise. For those who have alimony for a specific period, you can request an extension if you need more time to transition back to the workforce in a job that actually supports you and your children.
If you and your former spouse have a good relationship, we may be able to reach an agreement between the two of you and file a modification of court orders with little or no conflict. If this is not possible, our extensive trial experience has given us excellent negotiating skills, as well as the ability to present a comprehensive case to the judge. We will vigorously protect your interests and strive to reach your goals.