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Can you request an increase in spousal support?

From losing your job to becoming ill to facing a big rent hike, financial circumstances in life can change. In situations like these, you may need to ask for an increase in spousal support.  It’s important to review the terms of your current judgment to know whether seeking an increase is an option for you.

If so, understanding the steps involved in seeking an increase can help you navigate this situation with clarity.

Reviewing your circumstances

Before seeking an increase in spousal support, take a closer look at your changed circumstances. Factors like a significant change in income, increased living expenses or health issues could be valid reasons to consider requesting additional support. Having a clear understanding of your financial situation is key.

Communicate openly

Approaching your ex-spouse with openness and honesty is key. Share the specific changes in your circumstances that necessitate an increase in spousal support. A direct and respectful conversation can pave the way for understanding and potential agreement.

Demonstrate need

To strengthen your case, you should demonstrate the need for increased support. Present clear evidence of the changed circumstances, such as recent pay stubs, medical bills, or any documentation showcasing increased living costs. Providing a comprehensive picture of your current situation can help your ex-spouse understand the necessity.

Consider mediation

Exploring alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, can be beneficial. These processes allow both parties to discuss and negotiate support changes with the help of a neutral third party. It can provide a more amicable and cooperative environment compared to legal proceedings.

File a motion

If you cannot reach an agreement through communication or alternative methods, you may need to file a motion with the court to formally request an increase in spousal support. Ensure that you have all the necessary documentation and information and seek professional guidance to present a strong case during the court proceedings.

While seeking an increase in spousal support may seem challenging, you can successfully get through the process and work towards a resolution that aligns with your new circumstances.