You cannot modify a spousal support order, without a legitimate reason.
First, you must prove that your financial situation has changed, and that it has changed in a way that you could not have anticipated during your initial divorce proceedings.
There are many reasons for seeking a spousal support modification. Here are five of the most common reasons:
- Your employment status has changed.
- Your income has significantly decreased.
- You’ve suddenly incurred an increase in your expenses.
- You’ve remarried or are living with someone.
- You’ve suffered a disability.
Spousal support is not meant to be a punishment. Instead, it’s meant to keep both parties at the standard of living experienced during their marriage. Obviously, this is not always possible.
Seeking a spousal support modification can be a difficult process. It’s not enough to say you lost your job or your income has decreased, you will need to prove it. Having the help of an experienced and qualified Family Law Attorney such as Ronald Johnston will ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible.
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Ronald Johnston is one of Beaverton Oregon’s most experienced family law attorneys. Contact him today for a consultation and to learn how he can help you.