A change in financial ciricumstances does give the Respondent cause to seek a modification of support orders but the Respondent must file the request to modify with the court and ask teh court to set a hearing and must prove the changed financial circumstances.
Respondent should file a Request for Orders as soon as possible, because the orders can only be modified (if they are) back to the date that the Request is filed.
Respondent should not forget, either. I have seen to many such Respondents, coming to me after a few years have gone by, unable to explain why they never did this, and owing tens of thousands of dollars.
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By and large you should have a right to a modification of your spousal support based upon the fact that you are unemployed. Unless you have an unusual and strange Order which provides for non-modifiable spousal support, which I have not seen in recent years, the court normally retains jurisdiction to modify support. If you are unemployed these are changed circumstances that would justify a reduction in the spousal support based on your inability to pay. You need to file as soon as possible because your reduction can only go back to the date that you file the motion and not when you were laid off. Do not think about it, move quickly.
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