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Was this a settlement in a divorce? Were you represented? Just trying to get a better idea of what happened.
If you made a voluntarily decision to not retain counsel and wanted to handle this on your own, it may be hard to argue that the settlement was unfair, since you voluntarily undertook the task of negotiating and settling. No one settlement is the same, so it would need to be looked at and determined, if you were taken advantage of and if anything with misrepresented. The Judge has to sign off on this, so if it was so one sided and unfair, the Judge may have been hesitant to sign. If there is evidence of this, then the burden would be on you, as the moving party, to show the Judge you were taken advantage of, did not know what you were doing and as a result, gave up more then what was legally allowed or what your ex should have gotten.
What State are you in?
Thank you. The issue is always that is it never just about the numbers and the courts rely on a number of factors, when deciding what to award. As such, she may have argued and based the amount on not only your income and hers and the length of the marriage but the other things within the statute, which her attorney advised her of. If you can show that none of these factors were present and you were taken advantage of, then you could have grounds to go back.
Family Code Section 4320. In ordering spousal support under this part, the court shall consider all of the following circumstances:
You can retain an attorney to look over the records and the order and determine if this was a reasonable amount. They will charge you an hourly rate, most likely, so there is no way to know for sure and it all depends on who you retain and what they charge. If it was not complicated at the time and you can present the attorney with everything, it should be rather quick for them to share with you their finding and if the amount was reasonable, based upon the facts.
I just wanted to follow up and see if you had any other questions or needed me to clarify something. I am here to help, so please let me know. Thanks!