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Modification of Alimony

How can alimony be modified?

Amy Wechsler’s Answer:

If a former spouse can no longer afford to pay it, alimony may be modified provided the change in need or affordability is a change that is not a voluntary change, and it is substantial and not just a temporary problem. So, an alimony payor out of work for a month who then finds a job paying comparably to the prior job will not be entitled to reduce alimony. But, if that same person loses a job and, despite diligent efforts to find comparable work, can only get a job paying much less, he or she may have a good case to reduce or possibly terminate alimony.

The only form of alimony that cannot be modified is reimbursement alimony.

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