Can You Lower Your Alimony and Child Support After You Lose Your Job?
When a judge determines how much you will be obligated to pay in alimony and/or child support after a divorce, one of the primary factors the judge takes into account is your income. After all, you have to be able to afford the alimony and child support so that you can make your monthly payments. If you lose your job, you may no longer be able to make your payments. At this time, you should strongly consider filing a request to lower your payments.
If you can prove that the loss of your income makes it difficult or impossible to keep up your current payments, a judge will be likely to lower those payments. Your ex-spouse may try to argue that you can still cover the payments, so be sure to bring proof of your job loss, your financial statements, and current bills (like your mortgage) to demonstrate your costs of living.
Be aware that if you get a new job in the future, your ex-spouse can request a hearing to increase your alimony and/or child support again.
If you need assistance requesting lower alimony and/or child support and you live in Temecula, contact the Law Office of Albrecht & Albrecht.