More facts would be needed to definitively answer the question. However, it sounds like there are current Court Orders in effect based on the MSA. If so, then you cannot modify the Court Orders without Court involvement on some level. If the Parties agree to the modification, then the safest way to obtain the modification is to consult with an attorney (preferably one who offers mediation) to prepare the stipulation for modification of spousal support and file the stipulation with the court. This can be done without having to appear in court at a hearing. Spousal support has tax implications that both Parties need to be aware of as well because its a deduction for the payor and income for the payee. It is strongly encouraged to NOT modify the support amount on the Parties' own accord without obtaining a court order because then the parties run the risk of being in violation of the current order which can have serious consequences.
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At a minimum, here's what you need:
1. You and your spouse need to execute a written stipulation. You'll want to do it on pleading paper and include the case caption and case number at a minimum. The title should be "Stipulation to Modify Spousal Support."
2. The stipulation should recite the date of marriage, date of separation, date the MSA/Judgment was entered, the current support amount, each party's current monthly income, health insurance deduction, tax filing status and number of exemptions.
3. The stipulation should then state how much support will be and when the stipulation becomes effective.
4. The stipulation should be signed by the parties. Then, have a line that says, "Good cause having been shown, IT IS SO ORDERED." Then had a line for the judge to sign.
5. Just file the stipulation with 2 copies, a $20 check to the clerk of court, and self-addressed stamped return envelopes.
6. Court will sign and return to you. If there's a problem, the court will send a little yellow coversheet explaining the reason.
A family lawyer might be able to assist for as little as 1 hour's time. Again, this is very simple if you and your spouse agree.
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