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When to request a change in spousal support

On Behalf of | May 13, 2023 | Spousal Support |

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a court-ordered payment made from one spouse to another after a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to provide financial assistance to the lower-earning spouse and help them maintain their standard of living.

However, situations can change, and the original spousal support agreement may no longer be appropriate. Determine when it is important to request a change in spousal support in Oregon.

Change in circumstances

In Oregon, a significant change in circumstances is necessary to modify spousal support. This means that the party requesting the modification must show that there has been a substantial change in their financial situation or the financial situation of their ex-spouse since they established the original agreement. Some examples of significant changes in the state of affairs that may warrant a modification include:

  • Loss of employment or a drastic decrease in income
  • Increase in income or assets of the paying spouse
  • Health issues or disabilities that impact the ability to pay or receive alimony
  • Remarriage or cohabitation of the receiving spouse

The completion of education or vocational training that improves earning capacity can also justify a request for modification.

Modifying spousal support

To request a modification of spousal support in Oregon, the requesting party must file a motion with the court. The motion must include a detailed explanation of the significant change in circumstances and the requested modification. The court will review the motion and any supporting evidence before making a decision. A court may not grant a modification if the adjustment was foreseeable at the time of the original agreement.

Temporary vs. permanent modifications

In Oregon, alimony modifications can be temporary or permanent. The courts may grant temporary modifications if there is a short-term change in circumstances, such as a temporary job loss. These adjustments are typically in effect for a specific period of time and then revert to the original agreement. Permanent modifications are changes that will have a long-term impact on the financial situation of the parties involved. They require a significant change in conditions and are generally more difficult to obtain.

Modifying spousal support in Oregon requires a significant alteration in the state of affairs. If you believe that your alimony agreement is no longer appropriate, you should consider getting it adjusted.