If your spouse's work pays for some of his or her expenses, and you
are paying spousal support, you may be able t5o factor those perks in
in order to reduce the amount that you are paying out as the paying spouse.
For example, when you organized your spousal support payments your ex-spouse
may have said that he or she had a cell phone bill, and entertainment
budget, or a car lease.
Now, you may discover that your spouse's work covers these costs. Some
companies will provide special benefits to their employees to keep them
happy and secure their loyalty. Some companies will provide company cars,
and others may pay for a cell phone. When the company is covering these
costs, you shouldn't have to factor them into your spousal support payments.
If you have encountered an issue of this nature, then you will want to
seek court relief. You should not reduce your spousal support payments
without the court intervention, as your ex may be able to sue you for
this decision. Instead, you will want to contact a Los Angeles divorce
lawyer and go about this in a professional and legal way.
At Claery & Green, we suggest that you ask for the relief in court
and present evidence that your ex-spouse's expenses are covered by
his or her employer. If you can argue your case effectively, then the
court may grant a modification. You will want to make sure to talk to
a professional early on and even discuss the situation with your ex-spouse
if possible. Chances are that your ex-spouse will not willingly allow
for a smaller
spousal support payment, so you will need a convincing attorney there to help you negotiate.
Call our office to discuss a spousal support issue today!