What To Know When Modifying Spousal Support
If you’re in a situation where you believe a spousal support modification is in order – or if your ex-spouse is seeking a modification – it’s time to consult with an experienced attorney at Curran Moher Weis.
Modifying Spousal Support
Suppose there is sufficient reason for doing so. In that case, either spouse can request that the amount of spousal support is increased or decreased, that the duration be extended or abbreviated, or that the support is ended altogether – unless the original order specifically states that it is not modifiable. Reasons the court may increase or decrease the amount of spousal support – or alter its duration – can include:
- Either party – or both parties – experienced a change in circumstances that was not anticipated at the time the support was determined.
- An event that the court expected to happen, which would have changed one or both parties’ circumstances, failed to occur.
Terminating Spousal Support
In Virginia, a typical spousal support award terminates upon one of the following things occurring:
1) the death of either party;
2) the remarriage of the recipient spouse; or
3) if it is proven that the recipient spouse has been habitually cohabiting with another person in a relationship analogous to marriage for one year or more.
While death and remarriage are straightforward, cohabitation is often far less so.
An Experienced Fairfax Divorce Lawyer Can Help
If you need a spousal support modification – or your ex is seeking one – the attorneys from Curran Moher Weis have the experience to support your best interests. Contact us now for a consultation.