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Alimony Modification Attorneys in Salt Lake County

Learn How to Adjust or Terminate Alimony Payments

Do you feel you’re paying more than your fair share in alimony? Are you looking to change the terms of your alimony agreement? Not sure how to navigate the legalities of the entire process?

At Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC in Draper, our Salt Lake County alimony modification attorneys understand the financial devastation caused by unbalanced payouts. We work to help clients understand their rights as they relate to monetary obligations for an ex-spouse.

Contact us online or call (801) 515-4133 to discuss your case during a free consultation.

How Is Alimony Established?

Utah law allows either party to request alimony. The courts review each party’s financial situation and consider various factors when awarding alimony.

Courts might consider:

  • Any outstanding debts
  • Their earning capacity
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • If they have primary custody of any children
  • Whether one spouse helped pay for education expenses or skills training for the other party
  • Any fault contributing to the breakup of the marriage

Alimony is intended to help the other spouse support themselves after a divorce. Sometimes the courts order payments before completing the divorce process. Judges establish payments based on your earning capacity at the time.

Can Alimony Be Changed after Divorce?

You may end up in a situation where you’re not earning as much as before.

Life changes affecting your ability to pay alimony could include:

  • Battling a chronic illness
  • Receiving a critical injury affecting your ability to work
  • Having your salary reduced at your job
  • Being terminated from your place of employment
  • Retiring from your job

Any of the above would be grounds for modifying alimony in Utah. Our Salt Lake County alimony modification lawyers can walk you through the process of gathering the paperwork needed to prove your case.

Sometimes it’s the spouse receiving benefits who see a change in their lifestyle. That could include:

  • Living with a new partner
  • Taking a job paying them more money
  • Receiving some sort of inheritance

Terminating Alimony Payments

Alimony can be terminated when an ex-partner remarries or passes away. Your financial responsibility also ends if they start living with someone else.

Don’t just stop paying alimony if you realize a spouse has moved in with another person. You still need to go before a judge and show them evidence of this. The same goes for any other changes in your former partner’s financial situation.

Work with an Attorney to Modify or Terminate Alimony

You risk being penalized by the courts if you stop payments on your own without going through the right channels. It helps to get solid legal advice from an alimony modification attorney in Salt Lake County or Utah County when you’re looking to modify or terminate support payments.

At Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC, we know what the courts expect when it comes to evidence. Some situations require you to make your case by a given deadline. We’ll make sure you get everything you need in front of your judge on time.

Contact us online or call (801) 515-4133 to request a free consultation.

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    Eric M. Swinyard

    Founding Attorney

    Eric M. Swinyard is a litigation and small business attorney who serves clients throughout Utah and across the country. He has offices in both Salt Lake County and Utah County. Eric’s practice is focused on providing personalized, high-quality legal services to both individuals and businesses. He regularly assists clients in various practice areas , including divorce , parentage ( paternity ), adoption , debt collection, estate planning , business advice, asset protection, litigation (civil, ...
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    Ryan Ficklin

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    Ryan Ficklin is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Prior to practicing law in Utah, Ryan practiced family law in Southern California. In 2017, Ryan relocated back to his home state of Utah to focus on serving the people of Utah who need legal representation, particularly in the family law realm. Ryan graduated with honors from California’s Whittier Law School in May of 2015. While in law school, Ryan was a staff member for The Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. Ryan ...
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    Preston Day

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    Preston Day is an associate attorney at Eric M. Swinyard & Associates, PLLC. Before assuming his position as an associate attorney, Preston spent over two years working as a prosecuting attorney for Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County. During his time as a prosecutor, he managed several hundred cases and took over 100 cases to trial. In his current role, Preston manages primarily divorce , family , and criminal cases . Preston began his legal career working as a law clerk for Judge Richard ...
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