In New Mexico, either spouse may request spousal support modification unless the final divorce agreement prohibits modifications. If you are a former spouse requesting more support or a spouse who wishes to lower the amount paid, you will have to show the court that circumstances have changed.
SPOUSAL SUPPORT MODIFICATION IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO
SPOUSAL SUPPORT GUIDELINES IN NEW MEXICO
Understanding spousal support guidelines and how they pertain to your case usually requires help from a divorce attorney. If you wish to increase the spousal support amount you are currently receiving, you will need an attorney to prove that you are in financial need. If you are seeking to decrease payments, you must demonstrate that your former spouse is no longer in need of these payments or that you no longer have an ability to pay the court-ordered amount of support. Spousal support laws allow judges to consider factors like:
- Job loss
- Demotion or pay cut
- Cost of living
For those seeking to decrease alimony payments, you must demonstrate that the request is in good faith and not an attempt to limit alimony. If you are seeking increased spousal support, you must prove they you are not receiving sufficient money to live, despite your good faith efforts to become self-supporting. Courts consider the parties’ historical standard of living during the marriage when considering spousal support modification, but this is not the primary consideration for an appropriate amount of support.
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The divorce attorneys at Terry & deGraauw, P.C., are certified family law specialists. We can help you resolve all aspects of your divorce, including post-divorce modifications. To meet with us at our Albuquerque, New Mexico family law office, contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
If you need to increase or decrease spousal support in New Mexico, the Albuquerque family law attorneys atTerry & deGraauw, P.C., can help you understand the spousal support terms in your divorce settlement.