When Can I Modify Spousal Support After Divorce?

Spousal support can only be modified if the original decree of divorce authorizes the court to do so.  If the decree gives this authority, then a “change of circumstances” for either party can lead to spousal support modification.  A change of circumstances includes any increase or decrease in a party’s wages, salary, bonuses, living expenses or medical expenses. (source:  Ohio Domestic Relations Practice Manual).

Language allowing modification of spousal support should explicitly state whether retirement can be considered as a factor.  Just as it is when first establishing spousal support, there is no actual formula to modify support (its length or amount).  However, the predicted length of the paying spouse’s working career is always important.

If an injury or other unpredictable condition occurs, changing the paying spouse’s income – than it is often the case that spousal support be reduced on a pro rata basis.  For example, if the paying husband is injured and receives disability payments equal to 70 percent of his past income, then the spousal support could be appropriately changed to 70 percent of the current order.

When determining spousal support modification, the court should look at the overall financial needs of both parties.  In a post-decree situation, either party may seek attorney fees and court costs from the other party.  The court will base such an award on what is “equitable.”

In asking the court to modify an existing court order for spousal support, it is crucial to have the guidance of an experienced family law attorney in your area.  Call Mr. Moorman at (513) 228-6024 today to set up a free consultation regarding your spousal support questions and concerns.

by Warren County Spousal Support Lawyer Gabe Moorman of Moorman Law, LLC.  212 N. Broadway Street, Lebanon, Ohio 45036




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Why Call Us?

At a time in your life that is likely stressful and confusing, you can rely on Gabe Moorman.  His greatest asset is quite simple – He actually CARES about his clients.  Mr. Moorman is empathetic, attentive, and responsive.  He has developed a reputation for solving difficult problems and offering practical legal solutions.  From negotiating a fair settlement to litigating a high stakes trial, he will work hard to achieve your unique legal goals.

His clients include doctors, lawyers, teachers, entrepreneurs, athletes, and many other professionals.  Many of the individuals who seek his counsel are in fear of losing everything; Including their jobs, families, and money.  With that in mind, Mr. Moorman does not take his role lightly – recognizing that his clients place a significant amount of trust in him.

Whether you are a mother, father, grandparent, or other family member, if it matters to you, it matters to him.  Call today at 513.502.6866 to set up a free consultation, so you can stop worrying and start living!


My Bio

Mr. Moorman was born and raised in southwest Ohio and is a graduate of Carroll High School and the University of Dayton.  Gabe attended law school on a merit scholarship at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law, where he was president of the Intellectual Property Legal Society and a fellow for the Public Interest Law Group.

As someone who has lived, learned, and served in this area his entire life, Gabe is well-suited to appreciate and understand your particular case.  While every case is different, his committment to you will not change.  He focuses on Family Law, handling cases in Warren, Hamilton, Butler, Montgomery, Clermont, Greene, and Clinton counties.

Before launching his own firm, Gabe was an associate at Diehl & Hubbell, where he practiced Domestic Relations, Criminal Defense, and Personal Injury Law.  He also worked at the City of Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office and for the Honorable Timothy S. Hogan at the United States District Court.  Gabe was fortunate enough to work alongside some of the most talented lawyers around – while sharpening his courtroom and negotiation skills.  He has had dozens of trials and helped recover millions of dollars for his clients.

​Recently, Gabe was selected into The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40 for the second consecutive year.  He is one of only forty trial lawyers from the state of Ohio to be chosen as a member. Membership into the organization is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young trial lawyer.  Gabe was also named one of the Top 20 “Most Connected Lawyers” by Justia.com.  In 2013, Gabe was selected by his peers to the Super Lawyers: Rising Stars List.

Additionally, Gabe has been featured many times on live television as a legal consultant.  He is a member of the Ohio State, American, Cincinnati, and Warren County Bar Associations as well as the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Ohio Association for Justice, and the American Private Practice Lawyers Association.  He is also a member of the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce, Warren County Historical Society, and The Lebanon Theatre Company.  When not at work, Gabe enjoys golfing, writing music, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.