Each month, the Cordell & Cordell Men’s Divorce Podcast features an in-depth discussion on specific issues that affect men going through divorce.
On this month’s episode, Cordell & Cordell CEO/Managing Partner Scott Trout is joined by attorneys Rachel Schmidt and Dylan Briggs to discuss the ins and outs of modifying alimony or spousal maintenance.
They discuss how alimony and maintenance is calculated (1:30); whether income can be imputed when determining alimony (3:10); the factors to consider when modifying alimony (6:50); what constitutes a “substantial change in circumstances” when modifying alimony (11:16); how child custody factors into alimony determinations (12:16); how alimony can affect your retirement (13:57); how to create self-modifying support orders at the start of the divorce process (15:20); what happens when the receiver of maintenance starts receiving social security payments (17:24); whether or not remarriage results in the termination or reduction of alimony (20:10); how to prove cohabitation for the purpose of reducing or terminating alimony (20:26); medical reasons that could result in a maintenance modification (22:15); how lifestyle choices can impact the court’s decisions regarding alimony (24:50); how to know when to file a motion to modify maintenance (28:09); what your ex needs to prove when asking for an increase in alimony (30:40); how to defend yourself when your ex is asking for an increase in alimony (32:52); the role expert witnesses can play in the modification process (33:53); and more.
Dan Pearce is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell Planning Partners. He has written countless pieces on MensDivorce.com, detailing the plight of men and fathers going through the divorce experience, as well as the issues seniors and their families experience throughout the estate planning journey on ElderCareLaw.com. Mr. Pearce has managed websites and helped create content, such as the Men’s Divorce Newsletter and the YouTube series, “Men’s Divorce Countdown.” He also has been a contributor on both the Men’s Divorce Podcast and ElderTalk with TuckerAllen.
Mr. Pearce assisted in fostering a Cordell Planning Partners practice area specific for Veterans, as they deal with the intricacies of their benefits while planning for the future. He also helped create the Cordell Planning Partners Resource Guide and the Cordell Planning Partners Guide to Alternative Residence Options, specific for seniors with questions regarding their needs and living arrangements.