When a spouse making alimony payments loses their job, it may become difficult, if not impossible, to continue those payments. Even so, you cannot just stop paying without risking serious legal repercussions. Unless your divorce agreement provides for relief under those circumstances, you will need to either negotiate with your ex-spouse or go to court for an order to reduce or terminate your obligation.
If you need to stop paying alimony because you have experienced a significant reduction in your income, you must wait 90 days before you can seek relief from the courts. When filing a motion with the court to reduce or terminate your obligation to your ex-spouse, you must show that the reduction in your income is neither voluntary nor temporary. To make that determination, the judge will consider several factors. These include:
Your individual circumstances will determine the result. If you are paying alimony and need relief because you lost your job, the team at Lawrence Law is ready to advocate for your interests, to select the process that meets your needs, whether through negotiations, mediation, or seeking relief from the courts, and to help you achieve the best possible results. Contact us today to learn more.
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