Alimony or spousal support is paid by one spouse to the other after the completion of a divorce. It is intended to assist the spouse that was formerly dependent on the income earning spouse during the marriage. When the divorce decree is finalized by a judge, it will include a spousal payment plan if necessary.
Alimony is one of the most contentious issues during a divorce because one spouse feels entitled to support while the paying spouse wants to end the relationship entirely and move on. Whether you are seeking alimony or trying to avoid making support payments, our Stamford family lawyers can assist you. If there is already a spousal support order in place, we can help seek a modification in many cases.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to deciding who will pay alimony and how much. Every divorce is different, and there are many factors your Stamford family lawyer will have to consider before submitting to the court for review and approval. The following list is not exhaustive but provides many common considerations.
In most cases, a judge will only entertain a motion to modify a support order if circumstances have changed substantially. For example: if the spouse receiving payments lands a high-paying job, the paying spouse may be entitled to reduced alimony payments. Likewise, if the paying spouse loses his job, he may be required to pay less because he needs to support himself on limited income.
To learn more about spousal support payments and modifying support orders, call Piazza, Simmons & Grant LLC today! A knowledgeable Stamford family lawyer can be reached at (888) 652-6629 for a case consultation.