Modification of Alimony in California
Legal Counsel from a Roseville Divorce Lawyer
Alimony, also referred to as
spousal support, is a court-ordered amount of money one spouse is accountable for paying
the other. At the
Law Offices of Evan Samuelson, I am an experienced family lawyer who understands that situations change
in which the amount of alimony may need to be modified. Whether you lost
your job and can no longer afford to pay the required alimony, your spouse
is not doing their part to become able to provide for themselves or your
income severely dropped, I can assist you and guide you through the process
of modifying your alimony. I can provide you with my 20 years of experience
and see to it that we reach an effective solution.
The Process of Modifying Alimony
There are multiple steps involved in the modification process. It is important
to understand that you are still obligated to pay the initial alimony
amount up until the judge finalizes the new modified amount. With this
in mind, it is imperative that you start the modification process as soon
as possible. The steps include:
- Complete the required court forms, get them reviewed, and make a couple
copies for your records.
- Turn the forms into the court clerk
- Establish a court date for the modification process
- Have someone serve papers to your former spouse and ensure the server turns
in proof of service
- Attend the court hearing: if the judge allows for the modification, he/she
will sign a court order
When One Party Member Does Not Adhere to Agreements
When you and your ex-spouse signed your divorce contracts, you were agreeing
to the certain terms that you would each follow through with until the
designated time. For example, perhaps your spouse agreed to pay child
support until the kids go to college, or they are paying your spousal
support until you find a new job. Perhaps you are a mother who was a stay
at home parent and the alimony payment is the only way you are able to
raise the kids as they deserve. You and your spouse agreed on certain
terms, and then for whatever reason, they have been broken. In this case,
post-judgment modification may be used as well because one of the spouses
was non-compliant in their responsibilities to make payments. Whether
you are in need of payment from your ex, or you are suffering because
your ex is not following with the agreement, a family law attorney at
our firm can help you determine what the best course of action is.
Seasoned experience from a divorce lawyer in Roseville!
If you are in need of changing the alimony amount you are obliged to, a
divorce lawyer can assist. With over 20 years of legal experience, I can
evaluate your case and will fight for the resolution you deserve. I can
guide you through the legal steps involved and make sure you have the
legal tools and knowledge needed when handling your case. If there is
a significant change in your circumstances, now is the time to make sure
that you are not paying more alimony than you can afford or deserve to pay.
Contact a Roseville divorce attorney to get started with modifying the alimony you are held responsible for.