What is Required to Modify Spousal Support in North County?

Pierre Domercq Spousal Support

Can one seek to have spousal support modified in North County? Many people seem to believe spousal support orders are somewhat permanent. It may surprise you to learn the modification of spousal support is becoming more common each year in North County.
Many seasoned family law attorneys argue that spousal support is meant to be temporary, although existing family law provides our courts great latitude – especially in cases where the marriage lasted longer than ten years.
The court will usually consider a well-reasoned request by Burke & Domercq attorneys for modification or termination of spousal support. We begin with a thorough review of your original divorce orders, and the manner with which the judgment addressed the standard of living in your previous marriage, as well as the length and flexibility indicated by the spousal support orders themselves as well as any Gavron Warning issued by the Court.
If a Gavron Warning was issued with the spousal support order we review the length of time that has passed, as well as the present incomes of each party as they relate to incomes when the divorce decree was originally issued. Regardless of the original orders, parties receiving spousal support should be moving toward a greater level of self-sufficiency each year.
There are other conditions which can support a request for immediate reduction or termination of spousal support. For example, if the person receiving spousal support enters into cohabitation with another person there is often an opportunity to address spousal support.
If you are concerned about the amount of spousal support you are paying we invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact us or call 760-712-3741 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys. We will review your case and provide sound counsel informed by decades of experience before North County family law courts.