Modifying Spousal Support Payments
The assignment of alimony by a divorce court is, in most cases, a permanent fixture. Many people believe that once an alimony agreement is finalized, there is nothing other than remarriage or death that can alter this agreement. This, however, is untrue. There are certain other situations which may allow for the modification of alimony payments after a divorce.
If you are providing or receiving payments and your situation has recently changed and you believe that your alimony agreement needs to be adjusted, please contact the Boca Raton modifying lawyers of Klein Law Group, at 561-353-2800 to discuss your options for adjustments today.
Valid Reasons to Seek Modifying Alimony
There are several valid reasons why someone may seek an alimony modification through the legal system. Here are some common reasons:
1. Change in Financial Circumstances
If the paying spouse’s financial situation significantly changes due to factors such as job loss, reduction in income, disability, or retirement, they may request a modification to reduce the alimony payments.
2. Change in the Recipient’s Financial Situation
If the receiving spouse experiences a significant improvement in their financial situation, such as obtaining a higher-paying job or remarriage, the paying spouse may seek to decrease or terminate alimony payments.
3. Duration of Alimony
Alimony orders may specify a set duration or be tied to certain events, such as the recipient spouse becoming self-supporting or reaching a certain age. If these events occur, it may be appropriate to modify or terminate alimony.
If the recipient spouse begins cohabiting with a new partner and shares living expenses, the paying spouse may request a modification based on the changed financial circumstances.
5. Health Issues
Severe health issues affecting either spouse may necessitate a modification. For example, if the paying spouse incurs significant medical expenses, they may seek a reduction in alimony.
6. Child Support Changes
If child support obligations change, it can impact the paying spouse’s ability to pay alimony, warranting a modification.
7. Court Orders
If there is a change in the law or legal precedent that affects alimony calculations or eligibility, either party may seek a modification.
8. Unforeseen Emergencies
In some cases, unforeseen emergencies or financial crises may make it impossible for the paying spouse to meet their alimony obligations, leading to a modification request.
9. Excessive Alimony Payments
If the alimony payments were initially set at an unreasonably high level and are causing financial hardship for the paying spouse, they may request a reduction.
10. Court Errors
If there were errors or mistakes made during the initial alimony determination, such as incorrect financial information, it may be necessary to seek a modification to rectify these errors.
It’s important to note that seeking an alimony modification usually requires going back to court and providing evidence of the changed circumstances. Consultation with an attorney who specializes in family law is essential to navigate the legal process effectively and ensure your interests are protected.
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The paperwork and technicalities of modifying a spousal support agreement can be extremely difficult to understand without experienced assistance. Call Klein Law Group at 561-353-2800 or fill out the form on the side of the page for a free consultation.