While you may have thought that all negotiations ended when the judge declared you legally divorced, the truth is that there are many circumstances that may require you to revisit your agreements and evaluate whether changes are needed. This often needs to be done in an Illinois courtroom to ensure that you receive fair treatment and are given just consideration. We at Butler, Giraudo and Meister are not only here to help you during the initial determination of your divorce arrangements, but also to assist with any adjustments that need to be made in the ensuing months and years.
According to the Illinois General Assembly, you will need to prove several things in order to qualify for a modification of the amount you pay your ex-spouse each month for spousal maintenance. You will need to show that you have had a substantial change in circumstances. This could mean an increase in either your or your ex-spouse’s income since the initial decision was made or a change in employment, as long as that change is shown to be in good faith.
If you have become impaired in any way to the point that you do not believe you will have the earning capacity to pay spousal support payments now as well as in the future, this can also be discussed in court.
While the changes can sometimes cause your payments to increase, they can also lead to a diminished payment if you are no longer able to pay the original amount. To learn more about this topic, please visit our web page.