Life time Spouse support modification

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Life time Spouse support modification

In my divorce i am required to pay life time spouse support.. It is modifiable..
My question is this.. If my ex were to come into a substantial inheritance can my
payments be modified or stopped????

Asked on June 24, 2016 under Family Law, New Mexico

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It is possible to get spousal support reduced because it's general purpose is to make sure that someone has the funds and resources to get back on their feet after the dissolution of a marriage.  However, if the support was tied to other factors, other than just need, it could affect your ability to get a reduction.  You really need to have an attorney review your final order and the specific circumstances of your case to see if (1) your facts would fit and (2) whether the fees and costs to get the reduction are cost effective.

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Changed circumstances such as a change in income are grounds for modification of spousal support.
If your ex receives a substantial inheritance, that change in income would be grounds for modification of spousal support.  It is unlikely that spousal support would be stopped altogether, but you could raise that issue with the court.


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