St. Paul divorce attorney Allison Maxim says that if one of the parents gets promoted at work and the conditions of living change substantially for the former spouse, there are provisions to modify the original decree.
If your ex has gotten a big promotion, there may be grounds to modify either child support or spousal maintenance. And it’s really going to depend on what your original divorce decree says and how that is set up for spousal maintenance or for child support. Child support, typically, is easily modifiable, meaning that there’s a modification statute and the courts have set it up to make it as easy as possible for parents to modify child support based on changed circumstances, because people are often changing jobs, health insurance changes, child care changes. Spousal maintenance is going to depend whether that can be modified, if your spouse starts making significantly more money and there’s no waiver of spousal maintenance that was agreed upon in your original decree, then it could potentially be modified. You just have to show that there’s changed circumstances.