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DO YOU FEEL THAT YOUR MONTLY SPOUSAL SUPPORT PAYMENTS ARE UNFAIR?


  If so, you may be entitled to spousal support modification!

California state law dictates that permanent spousal support is determined by carefully reviewing numerous factors. The court has tremendous discretion in setting alimony. If you are unable to settle or resolve this issue, then your attorney needs to develop detailed evidence about each factor set forth below. Whether you are paying or receiving child support, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can protect your interests and your children’s interests under California law. The Law Offices of Teresa Beyers in Los Angeles represents either parent in spouse support modifications in the Los Angeles County.

 


WHAT FACTORS AFFECT SPOUSAL SUPPORT?


 

The courts consider a number of factors when determining how much, if any, spousal support to award in a divorce.

  • The length of the marriage
  • The health and age of each spouse
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • Each spouse’s needs based on their standards of living during the marriage
  • Each spouse’s separate property, assets, and financial obligations
  • Whether one spouse helped the other obtain a degree, a career, or a professional license
  • The supported spouse’s ability to care for the children while working
  • Whether the supported spouse’s earning capacity is impaired because of extended periods of unemployment while caring for the home or children
  • The balance of hardship between the spouses

     Spousal support may be temporary or permanent, depending upon the needs of each spouse. There are a number of factors that will determine the length of time spousal support will be provided for, and the amount of spousal support to be given. Your spousal support order could have widespread implications upon your life after divorce, so it is important to have an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney like us advocating on your behalf.


MODIFYING SPOUSE SUPPORT


     Family law attorney Teresa Beyers is well versed in the DissoMaster software used by the state of California for calculating child support. However, the child support formula is only as good as the numbers that are plugged into it. It is important to have reliable information about income, and there may be other considerations in altering child support. That is where the practical knowledge and courtroom experience of our lawyer come into play.

Modifying spouse support requires a substantial change in circumstances:

  • Support can be increased if the paying parent is making more money or if the child’s needs change. For example, the court may make parents share expenses for camps, sports and activities and private school tuition.
  • Support can be decreased if the paying parent has lost a job or received a pay cut, if the recipient parent is earning more, or if the amount of timesharing (visitation) changes.

Modifications are complicated if either parent is deliberately underemployed or if the paying parent has underreported income. If necessary, we can take steps to uncover hidden income or have the court impute income. We can also address disputes over private school, college funding and other child-rearing decisions that affect child support levels.

 


Contact The Law Offices Of Teresa Beyers


 

     If you and the co-parent cannot agree on child support, Los Angeles child support modifications attorney Teresa Beyers is prepared to argue on your behalf in court.

We offer a free initial phone consultation and after-hours and weekend appointments. Call 213-785-7873 or 800-488-4850 (toll free), or contact us online.

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