Understanding Your Rights to Child Support & Alimony Modification(s)

Life doesn’t typically remain the same after a divorce is finalized. There can be major changes that either party may go through, which may be grounds for spousal support/alimony and child support modification. It would only be fair that these court-ordered payments adjust with any major life events – such as incarceration, loss of employment, an increase of income, etc.
Either parent may have the right to request the support modification, whether you pay or receive support. In general, you need to prove that there has been a significant change in the payor or payee’s life.
Circumstances that may constitute support modification in California and Michigan
While we acknowledge that every state handles support modification differently, some requirements are common across most states. Here are some of the top reasons that may lead to a court ordering support/alimony modification(s) in California and/or Michigan:
  • Physical disability of either parent. This can be due to an illness or accident;
  • Involuntary loss of a job or a significant wage cut that scales down your financial abilities;
  • An increase in the child’s needs;
  • A change in a parent’s marital status (remarriage);
  • A change in custody;
  • Incarceration; and/or
  • An increase of income of the payor.
While the issues above may sound common, many people are unaware of their rights to modify support/alimony. Some have an understanding that their final judgment is just that – final.
Spousal Support/Alimony Modification:
Beyond child support modification, we can also help you modify spousal support/alimony. For example, an unexpected reduction of income can affect your ability to make full and timely court-ordered payments. When you find yourself in such a situation, it would be wise to file a request to modify support/alimony with your court – not stop making payments on your own accord.
CMC Family Law Group is here to represent clients seeking support modification(s) in California and Michigan.
We have over 12 years of experience in family law & are here to help you protect what matters most. Call us today to evaluate your rights.