Post-divorce modifications can address changing alimony needs

Anyone who has undergone a divorce knows how much it changes your life during and after the process. Throughout the divorce, both parties work to resolve any conflicts that arise, usually with counsel by a family law attorney. Often, the couple's efforts at finding resolution are at least moderately successful. However, life has a way of interfering with even the best-laid plans.

For example, many things can happen that render a spousal support agreement ineffective. When this occurs, seeking post-divorce modifications may address these new issues, bringing relief to the party in need. California family law statutes make it possible to seek a modification in some circumstances, but you must be prepared to show the court why the change is necessary.

Our family law attorneys have prepared a few examples of changing circumstances in which you may need a post-divorce alimony modification. Some of these changes include:

  • The receiving party gets married again
  • The party receiving alimony acquires financial independence and no longer needs support
  • The paying party loses his or her job or suffers another form of financial hardships
  • The party receiving spousal support has made no effort to achieve financial independence

If you and your ex agree that your alimony order is no longer effective, you still need a judge's signature to formalize the modification. If you cannot reach an agreement, modifying your divorce decree is typically more complicated. In each of these scenarios, a family law attorney can help you achieve your goals.

Please, continue reviewing our website for additional information. You may also find the answers you need by studying our Escondido, California, family law blog.

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