As circumstances change, individuals may need to make
modifications to their
spousal support (alimony) agreements. For example, someone receiving alimony may no longer
need this financial support due to the fact that he or she became self-sufficient
or has remarried. Or, an individual paying spousal support might no longer
be able make payments due to changes in his or her income level or employment.
For example, that person may have lost his or her job or had a significant
reduction in hours. In order to make a change to alimony or to end it
altogether, a person must prove to the court that a significant change
has occurred, such as the ones mentioned here.
The person requesting the change will need to file certain court forms,
such as the Request for Order and the Income, Expense Declaration and
possibly the Spousal or Partner Support Declaration Attachment. The requester
must have the court papers properly served on the other party. These steps
are followed by a court hearing, where the individual who is asking for
the change must bring all necessary evidence that a modification is merited.
The evidence, for example, might include documents that show how much
money the request makes and how much money he or she pays in expenses.
If the parties in the case do not reach their own agreement, the family
court judge will make on based on the evidence.
Have you realized that your alimony agreement needs to be adjusted? If
so, it is important that you take immediate action. This is because you
generally cannot have spousal support obligations modified retroactively.
This means that if you lost your job a couple of months ago but are just
now requesting a modification with the court, you will still be responsible
for paying support for those past few months, even if you get your modification
granted. By turning to
The Hunter Law Group, you have the chance to work with a highly skilled Mission Viejo divorce
lawyer who will walk you through each step of the spousal support modification process.
Contact us for legal assistance!