Spousal Support Modifications in New Jersey
When life circumstances change, a modification of a spousal support agreement may also be in order. The family courts understand people may experience an increase or decrease in income. The process can be quite complicated and overwhelming, so be sure to solicit the help and advice of experienced Cherry Hill alimony lawyers.
To modify the terms of your alimony arrangement, you must show a “substantial change of circumstance.” Alimony is initially awarded to help each party maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage.
Spousal support may be decreased when:
- The supporting spouse loses his or her job
- The supporting spouse becomes disabled
- The supporting spouse retires
- The cost of living has increased for the supporting spouse
- The non-supporting spouse re-marries or begins cohabiting with another adult
Spousal support may be increased when:
- The non-supporting spouse loses his or her job
- The non-supporting spouse retires or becomes disabled
- The cost of living has increased for the non-supporting spouse
The rules for modification in New Jersey are not hard and fast — the application of a divorce decree modification is dependent on the specific circumstances and facts at hand. To begin the process, file a motion with the assistance of your spousal support lawyer. You must file a post-judgment application requesting the modification of a support obligation. If the court finds that the petitioner has presented sufficient evidence to show a change of circumstances, the court schedules a plenary hearing before rendering a final decision. You will most likely be required to present such financial documents as bank statements, tax returns, pay stubs and credit card statements.
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