The Benefits of Modifying Alimony

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Each marriage is defined by unique family and financial dynamics that mustbe taken into account during divorce determinations. In certain cases,the court may award a lower-earning spouse alimony to make the transitionto single life (and a single income) easier. In theory, alimony is toprovide financial assistance while a spouse pursues new job or educationalopportunities. It’s entirely up to the spouses or the court to decidehow long alimony payments should last.

Typically, a judge thoroughly reviews the financial situations of bothspouses before making a final determination. The spousal support amountis calculated per state laws and can be paid in monthly installments ora lump sum payment. However, alimony can be terminated or modified undercertain conditions, and to the benefits of both spouses.

Terminations and modifications can be requested under the following conditions:

  • The receiving ex-spouse moves in with a new romantic partner
  • The receiving ex-spouse gets remarried
  • One of the ex-spouses passes away
  • There is a permanent change in the financial circumstances of either ex-spouse

A former spouse may be legally responsible for providing monthly alimonypayments for years. Within that time, it’s not unusual for a person’slife and occupational circumstances to change. However, they can’tjust stop paying alimony because they can’t afford it. Likewise,a receiving spouse can’t demand additional support because theyare suffering financially.

Both exes have the ability to legally request a spousal support modification.By working with an experienced attorney, a former spouse can develop anargument proving that their earning ability or financial situation haschanged. If successful, the court will agree that the original spousalsupport order is unreasonable and modify it accordingly.

A modification can provide many benefits to both former spouses by ensuringthey are each living in financial comfort.

Modify Your Spousal Support Order Today

It can be incredibly difficult to modify or terminate your alimony payments,and you don’t want to face the legal penalties of not obeying acourt order. At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., ourIllinois spousal maintenance lawyers can review your financial situation, develop a reasonable argument statingyour need for a modification, and present it to the court on your behalf.

Contact Wakenight & Associates, P.C. if you have any concerns about your alimony payments or other post-divorcemodifications.Our firm has multiple office locations across Illinois, including: Joliet,Mokena, Oak Park, and Elmhurst.

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