By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
YES! There are several changes of circumstances that would warrant an elimination of alimny years after the divorce is over. Since alimony is spousal support based upon one person’s need and the other’s ability to pay, if the need is no longer there, or the ability to pay is no longer there, this qualifies as a substantial change in circumstances warranting a modification of alimony downward or by elimination all together. Conversely, if the need is greater, say for health reasons, and the ability to pay is there, then this substantial involuntary change in circumstances warrants a modification of alimony upward.
A new alimony law in Florida was passed two years ago regarding a supportive relationship. This states that if a receiving spouse, the payee, is being financially supported by a significant other, the payor of alimony can modify or termintate alimony based upon proving this supportive relationship. If you think you may qualify for a modification of alimony either up or down, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.