Men’s Divorce Podcast: Factors Considered When Modifying Alimony

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 divorce attorneys 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.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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