Are you thinking of modifying your spousal support order? If so, you will need to show a significant change of circumstances since the last order. Below are some of the most common reasons for modification:
Cost Of Living Adjustment (Cola):
If you are receiving support and you feel you need a cost of living adjustment, look to see if you have a clause in your original divorce decree which states that payments will increase at the rate equal to an annual cost of living.
The loss of your job, an illness or other unexpected situation or emergency may cause you or your ex a temporary hardship. The courts can increase the amount allotted to the hardship bearer as a temporary measure. Likewise, if the payor loses work or becomes ill and cannot maintain the court-ordered support, payments can temporarily be decreased. After a set time, payments can revert back. If there is a permanent disability, modification may not revert back.
If an ex-spouse cohabitates with another adult, it is common that support will be significantly decreased in most circumstances.
Speak with an attorney at Thode Law to see if you are eligible for modification of the spousal alimony that you receive or pay.