How Do Changes in Income Post Decree Affect Spousal Support

Pierre Domercq Spousal Support

How will changes in your income after a divorce in Carlsbad or North County affect your spousal support? While this is a complex legal issue, the short answer is a change in the income of either party may have an effect on spousal support. In some cases it may not.
Spousal support is generally intended to ensure former spouses leave the divorce on a fairly equal financial footing based upon the lifestyle enjoyed in the marriage. If your income is significantly permanently reduced it is usually possible to request a reduction in spousal support. If you are laid off or terminated you should be able to obtain at least a temporary abatement of your support obligations.
If you experience a significant increase in income your spousal support obligation should not exceed the lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage. If you are already at that point you may not be required to pay additional spousal support. If your spouse acheives a significant boost in income you may be able to request a lowering of your own spousal support payments.
Retirement is also a point where spousal support should be reviewed. Under California law you are generally entitled to retire at age 65 and cannot be forced to continue working to support a spousal support payment.
There are far too many potential issues to provide an answer regarding changes to spousal support after the divorce is completed in this forum. If you have questions or concerns about post-decree changes in spousal support 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 attorneys.