Need To Modify Your Spousal Support Order?

Portland Divorce Attorney Ronald Allen Johnston Can Help

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Spousal support is not meant to serve as a punishment to the individual ordered to pay or leave either party in the divorce at a financial disadvantage. The court aims for spousal support to enable both individuals to have a standard of living similar to what they enjoyed during their marriage. However, with the economy fluctuating and widespread unemployment, some may find the need to revisit their spousal support agreement in order to augment, extend or end payments. If you are considering requesting spousal support modification, talk with our Portland divorce lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston about your legal options.

When Can I Request a Spousal Support Modification?

In order to modify a spousal support agreement, the Oregon state court requires an individual requesting the change to prove that they have experienced a substantial change in circumstances not anticipated during the time of the initial divorce proceedings. These changes may include but are not limited to:

  • Loss of employment
  • Significant reduction or increase in income
  • Increase in expenses
  • Remarriage or cohabitation
  • Disability

However, the process of proving a change of circumstances is often difficult because of the documentation and other burdens of proof needed to prove your claim. Our experienced Portland divorce attorney understands that time is of the essence when requesting a spousal support modification. The court will only grant retroactive repayments or payments starting at the date in which the motion to modify was filed in court.

What Happens After the Court Receives My Request?

The court considers many factors after receiving a spousal support modification request. Of these factors, the court considers the type and original purpose of the spousal support to be the most important. For example, if a payee becomes gainfully employed while receiving transitional spousal support, meaning that a specific duration of time was given to the payee in order to increase their ability to earn more, modification to the original spousal support order may be justified. Similarly, a spousal support modification may also be warranted if the payer recently lost his or her job and is now struggling to pay.

Talk with Our Firm to Ensure Your Rights

Each divorce is unique and based off of the specific needs of each individual involved. For this reason, retaining our Portland divorce attorney can ensure that your rights are heeded and not forgotten in the court of law. Ronald Johnston gets to know you on a personal level and is committed to getting you the best outcome for your spousal support modification, spousal support enforcement as well as other legal family issues. Call (503) 226-7986 to learn more.

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