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When can you request modification of a spousal support order?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2023 | Spousal Support

Spousal support requires you to pay your former spouse a specified amount. The length of time you will need to make these payments could vary depending on your divorce settlement.

There might be times when you feel the need to request a modification of the spousal support order you have. Knowing when it is appropriate to seek changes can help you determine what to do next.

An income increase

If you find out that your ex has received a new job that pays more and has more benefits, you might not feel it necessary to continue paying the maximum amount of spousal support. The increased income may be enough to sustain a reasonable standard of living which could lower your obligation to make payments.

A job loss

If you lose your job, you might have challenges paying spousal support. If this happens, you need to immediately notify the court of your situation. Your transparency may protect you from an unwarranted claim of negligence. According to NYcourts.gov, as part of your request to modify the spousal support agreement, you will need to provide evidence of your income and expenses.

A remarriage

There is a chance your ex could remarry. If this happens and your ex combines finances with a new partner, the need for you to continue paying spousal support could diminish entirely. If your ex continues trying to collect these payments, you may want to petition the court for a modification.

You will need to provide the court with information that supports your reason for requesting a modification. While you await an answer, continue making payments so you can stay in good standing with the court.

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