Can a spousal support payment be modified?

by | May 21, 2020 | Divorce

California couples often have to deal with spousal support matters after a divorce. What is spousal support? It is a payment one party pays to the other to help make up the difference in income.

But the courts understand that situations change. Life is not always the same. Because of that, you can modify a spousal support payment order. But do you know what reasons qualify for modification?

Asking for payment increases

California Courts list situations that may lead to a spousal support payment order modification. Many of these changes deal with financial changes in one or both party’s lives. Also, both parties may request for support payment orders to change. For example, let us say the party receiving support got laid off. They can request the support payment to increase. They can also request an increase if the supporting party gained more wealth.

Asking for payment reductions

Now, let us say the supporting party got laid off. They can request a reduction because they no longer have the same means to live. They may also request a reduction if the supported party remarries. They gain a new source of financial support. With a multi-income household, they need less support from an ex-spouse.

Other extenuating circumstances lead to modification of payments, too. This can include the incarceration or death of a supporting party.

Of course, it is up to the court to decide. They choose to grant any request for spousal support payment modifications. If you believe you have a valid reason to request, you can submit the official paperwork. From there, it is a matter of waiting on the court.