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What if I can’t afford my maintenance obligation?

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It’s important to note that maintenance, commonly known as alimony, is a legal obligation that one spouse may have to financially support the other after a divorce or separation. Trying to avoid or evade legal obligations can have serious consequences, including legal actions against you.

If you are facing financial difficulties or believe that the maintenance order is unfair, it’s essential to address the situation through legal channels rather than attempting to evade payments. Here are some steps you may consider:

  • Consult with an Attorney: Seek the advice of a family law attorney who is familiar with Missouri’s laws. They can help you understand your rights and responsibilities and guide you through the legal process.
  • Request Modification: If your financial situation has changed significantly since the maintenance order was issued, you may be able to request a modification. Changes in income, employment status, or other circumstances may be considered by the court.
  • Mediation: Attempt to resolve the issue through mediation. Mediation can be a more amicable and cost-effective way to address disputes, and it allows both parties to work together to find a mutually agreeable solution.
  • Document Changes in Circumstances: If you believe that the maintenance order is no longer appropriate, gather evidence to support your claim. This may include financial documents, employment records, and other relevant information.
  • Comply with Court Orders: It’s crucial to comply with court orders. Failure to pay maintenance can result in legal consequences, including contempt of court charges.
  • Stay Informed: Keep yourself informed about your legal rights and responsibilities. Ignorance of the law is not a valid defense, so it’s essential to be aware of your obligations.

Attempting to avoid maintenance payments through fraudulent means can have serious legal consequences and may not only lead to enforcement actions but also damage your credibility with the court. It’s always advisable to seek legal counsel and address the issue through the appropriate legal channels.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 314-5505.

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