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The power of a Family Court Judge – If my income changes, can I modify the amount of spousal support I pay?

San Diego Divorce and Family Law Attorney, Paul Staley, released a new YouTube video: Support Modification – If my income changes, can I modify the amount of spousal support I pay?

To Pay or Not to Pay: Does a Change in Income Affect Spousal Support?

As if divorces aren’t hard enough, money can definitely complicate the matter.  That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible.  This way, you aren’t operating under false assumptions or making decisions based on the wrong information.  Read on for more about what California has to say about it!

Income Matters

If you earned the most income during your marriage, there’s a good chance you’re paying spousal support as of now.  However, if you’ve since lost your job or experienced a drop in income, your spousal support payments can be modified to reflect where you are financially.

Support Modification

What Should I Do If Lose My Job?

This is a great question.  Since you already know that your spousal payments could be modified in the event of a job loss, it’s always best to act right away.  In this situation, you must immediately talk to your attorney and file a motion at your local family court.  Once filed, the judge can review your financial situation to make those necessary changes.

Transcript of Paul’s Video

If my income changes, can I modify the amount of spousal support I pay?

If one spouse has been the historic breadwinner, and then is displaced from his or her job, is that spouse still on the hook for spousal support? And the answer is spousal support is nearly always modifiable and this is true of child support as well. If there’s a big change in the financial circumstances of the parties, then the thing to do is, for the party who is affected, to file a motion in family court, as the judge have a fresh look at these changed circumstances and, as a result, then change the order.

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