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Separation and Divorce: Spousal Support

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How can a support order be changed?

Either spouse can ask the court that made the original order to change it. Unless the other spouse agrees, or the order said when support would be reviewed, the court will do this only if there has been a significant change in circumstances. For example, if:

  • the payor's or recipient's income has gone up or down,
  • the arrangements about the children have changed, or
  • the judge thinks that the recipient should now be self-supporting.