How to Justify a Decrease in Alimony
The attorneys at Miller Law Group, P.C. are well-versed in alimony law and the Massachusetts Alimony Reform Act. We know how to convince the court to reduce alimony payments based on changes in your unique circumstances given our experience with each of the local courts and judges.
In order to receive a decrease in alimony payments, you must prove there was a significant change in circumstances. This change must affect the supporting spouse’s ability to pay or the receiving spouse’s marital or living status. There are specific situations that would warrant a decrease in alimony. A judge will determine if the change is enough to grant a modification.
The court may grant a decrease in alimony if:
- The payor lost his or her job
- The payor received a decrease in pay
- The payor was demoted
- The payee remarried
Factors That Determine Alimony
Alimony is a complex process of determining an appropriate amount of financial support in the wake of a divorce. There are several factors that influence the process; each one is specific to the details of the case. Per Massachusetts family law, some of the factors that determine how alimony is decided upon include:
- Length of marriage
- Health and age of the spouses
- Conduct of the spouses during the marriage
- Each spouse’s ability to acquire future assets or income
There are more than 20 different factors — and each is simply one of many. At least in theory, no one factor should completely decide the case; however, every judge is different. Some judges will place more importance on some factors due to their own personal opinions and experiences.
Trusted Massachusetts Alimony Lawyers
The attorneys at MLG know what the particular judges tend to put importance on, and how he or she tends to rule. This is a big factor in strategizing the theme for your case. If you’re considering going back to court to have your alimony obligation reduced, you need a solid plan.