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I received a small settlement after a car accident does

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I received a small settlement after a car accident does Tony still have to pay spousal support
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 11 months ago.

Hi,

I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

A settlement from a car accident should not terminate spousal support unless it's enough for you to live on. Your former spouse would have to file a Motion to Terminate Spousal Support and show the judge that you have enough to live on going forward. You don't automatically lose support just for getting a settlement from a car accident. If he just stops paying, you can file an Order to Show Cause and Affidavit for Contempt, asking the judge to penalize him for not paying.

http://www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm?filter=EN

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