Should Spousal Support Always Be Modifiable?

Should Spousal Support Always Be Modifiable?

A recent case in the Fairfax County Circuit Court demonstrates the risk involved when parties contractually agree that spousal support will not be modifiable.

The husband was earning $125,000 when he agreed to spousal support in the amount of $1,000 per month until the wife died or remarried—and that spousal support would be non-modifiable.

Ten years later, the husband lost his job and was only able to earn $25,000. However, his prior agreement led to what the Court called at “Dickensian” result; he is still bound by law to pay $12,000 per year to his former spouse, despite the near impossibility.
Read Court’s full opinion here:

Should Spousal Support Always Be Modifiable?

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