Can alimony be reduced when I am unemployed?

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Can alimony be reduced when I am unemployed?

Divorced finalized in 9/2015 in Santa Clara County, CA.
I am unemployed as of Jan 2019.
Can alimony be reduced until I am working again?
If so, what are the requirements and do I need a lawyer to file the paperwork?

Asked on June 20, 2019 under Family Law, California

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Changed circumstances such as a change in income are grounds for a modification of spousal support.
You will need to file an Order to Show Cause to request a hearing . Call the court clerk to schedule the hearing. Include the date, time and department  of the hearing on the Order to Show Cause. File the Order to Show Cause with the court and your income and expense declaration signed under penalty of perjury and any additional supporting evidence of your request for modification of spousal support. Also file a proof of service (court form). Mail a copy of your court-filed documents to your ex to provide your ex with notice of the hearing.  The proof of service verifies the date of mailing. You can file your documents with the court without an attorney.


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