Here’s How an Alimony Mediator Can Help With Alimony Modification
Even after your divorce in Massachusetts is final, the financial circumstances or other conditions could change for you or your former spouse. This could raise the possibility of issues such as alimony modification. Post-divorce alimony mediation is one of the most efficient ways for you and the other party to discuss and resolve these necessary changes.
Advantages of Using Alimony Mediation
The need for alimony modification may arise due to legitimate reasons such as job loss, a substantial decrease in the income of the paying spouse, or when the child support is ending (children’s emancipation).
As both parties now have divergent financial needs and interests, a divorce mediation attorney in Massachusetts can help resolve post-divorce alimony modification issues in the fastest and most rational manner.
When you seek to resolve alimony modification with the help of a seasoned divorce mediator, it provides an opportunity for both you and your ex-spouse to come to a better appreciation of each other’s needs. This will pave the way for a resolution that helps both sides reach their full financial potential following their Massachusetts divorce.
Alimony Modification in Massachusetts
The alimony modification process will depend on the reason for the modification request and whether both parties are agreeable to the modification terms.
Modification in these cases is possible if it is established that the financial circumstances of one or both parties have materially changed.
Alimony modification is also possible if the changes in alimony law affect the duration of your alimony payments. Massachusetts passed a new alimony law in 2012, where new time limits were decided for different types of alimony categories. If your alimony duration might be longer or shorter under the new law, you could seek a modification of the existing alimony order.
If you and your former spouse are unable to arrive at a mutual agreement for modification of alimony in Massachusetts, you will have to file a complaint with the court to seek this modification. Following the complaint filing, you will have to serve your former spouse with the papers.
The court gets involved in this process, and the finalization of modification could take a longer time. There is also no certainty that the court would agree to your request for modification.
Avoid the Court Process by Choosing Mediation
You can avoid the process of filing a complaint through the court for alimony modification if you and the party are agreeable to the idea of alimony mediation. A seasoned Massachusetts divorce mediation lawyer can help you and your former spouse modify the alimony agreement on your own terms. They will save you from the stress of the court-mandated complaint process.
While your alimony modification agreement reached through mediation will still have to be approved by the court, the chances of achieving your goals increase.
Both you and the other party would be in agreement with the changes, and your divorce mediator will ensure that the proposed changes are in accordance with the law. Once these conditions are satisfied, the court is likely to grant the request for alimony modification.
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