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In the fast-paced modern lifestyle, some circumstances in your life or the life of your erstwhile spouse often change substantially after a divorce to the point that one of you may wish to seek a modification of your divorce judgment. There could be any number of reasons for changes in child custody, for example. In a few unique scenarios, even the division of property or debt can require modification of some type.
A dedicated and highly experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney can offer you comprehensive legal services to assist with the modification of family law orders.
Typical Reasons for Modifications Post Judgment
A family law attorney with experience in judgement modifications can assist you with the process involved in modifications, even if he or she did not represent you in the original divorce proceeding. In addition, it may sometimes be necessary to modify a final divorce judgment in the form of an appeal.
In specific circumstances, an individual may request that the trial court modify the judgment of dissolution after it has already been entered. Expeditious movement is required for this and you need highly experienced attorneys who can advocate on your behalf to make sure that your rights and best interests are protected
Judgement Modification Attorney
For more information on Judgment Modification situations, contact an attorney for a free consultation to talk about your concerns. Once you retain an attorney with a good law firm, you will have a team of experienced divorce lawyers, forensic accountants, investigators, and highly skilled support staff resolving your matter.
One pressing question that comes up frequently is concerning the need to pay the other spouse alimony. Alimony is also referred to as spousal support. The fact is that if one spouse was the primary bread winner, chances are that they are required to pay alimony to the other partner. However, it is also a good idea to look at other factors that might affect the length or amount of alimony received. Certainly, it is important to understand alimony’s purpose.
What Is Alimony’s Purpose
A husband will probably have to pay alimony to his partner, if he was the main bread winner or the only one working during the marriage. The purpose of alimony or spousal support is to provide the required financial support to the spouse, after legal termination of the marriage. However, those involved with short term marriages do not have to pay alimony. In addition, alimony is denied in marriages where both spouses earned similar pay.
How Long Will You Have To Pay Alimony
The fact is that there are several determining factors involved. Generally, a spouse will have to continue alimony payments until the former spouse remarries or dies. Other determining factors include the former spouse obtaining higher income, employment, children leaving home, or circumstances that required the judge to modify or end alimony payments.
What Happens If A Spouse In Unable Or Refuses To Pay Alimony
This happens frequently in divorces and varies according to state. One spouse is ordered to pay alimony. For example, a working husband is ordered to pay alimony to the non-working former wife. The husband refuses to pay the amount of alimony demanded. The judge will take into consideration the financial standing of the husband and the wife’s financial situation. The judge might modify the order or stand behind the order. Clearly, the judge is the one that will make the final decision in this matter. If the spouse continues to refuse to pay alimony, they stand in contempt and could face jail time.
Awarding Temporary Alimony
Some circumstances might warrant that the judge award temporary alimony to the spouse. This is generally granted to the financially dependent spouse, while in the middle of a divorce proceeding. After the divorce is finalized, the spouse might receive full alimony payments in a higher or lower amount than the temporary alimony.
If you would like to learn more about alimony, consult with our divorce law firm.
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