Trends in Modification of Child Support and Alimony

The number of divorced clients seeking changes to their existing child support and alimony payments is increasing, according to a recent survey conducted by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML).

Bad economic conditions induce many divorced spouses to either seek more money from ex-partners or try to reduce the amount they pay. Requests to increase alimony and child support payment amounts coincide with the worsening economic conditions. The number of clients requesting reduced child support and alimony payments also rose.

As job losses and pay cuts have increased, so have the requests for modified payment orders. 

 The AAML figures show that 39 percent of divorce attorneys acknowledged seeing a marked increase in recent child support modification orders and 42 percent saw a rise in the number of request to modify alimony payments, too. By comparison, just 5 percent of AAML attorneys reported a decrease in child support modifications and 6 percent reported a decrease in alimony modifications.

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