Changing the Terms of Spousal Support in Virginia

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 by Hofheimer Family Law

Once a Virginia spousal support agreement is created, many women think it cannot be modified, but this is not always true. In some circumstances, it may be possible to alter a spousal support agreement in Virginia. The ability to change your existing spousal support will depend on whether this was permitted by the terms included in your original agreement.

Because this aspect of spousal support-sometimes referred to as alimony-is so complex in Virginia, it is highly advisable that you consult with your Virginia Beach divorce attorney before attempting to alter a legally binding contract. In addition, if your ex has voiced his intent to alter the plan, you’ll need legal representation.

One scenario that may arise that would cause someone to want to modify the terms of your spousal support agreement is illness or loss of income.
If you are receiving support from your ex-husband and he becomes ill and cannot work, or loses his job entirely, he may make an effort to have the support payments to you reduced. He may also try to get them terminated entirely or stopped temporarily for an agreed upon amount of time.

There are many nuances to spousal support in Virginia and the rules can be difficult to interpret, particularly for someone without extensive legal knowledge. Your attorney can examine the facts of your case, including the terms of your original spousal support order to help you understand your options.

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