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Could my alimony change in the future?

Depending on the specific circumstances of your divorce case, an Illinois family law judge may have awarded spousal support for you or your ex spouse. Alimony arrangements are generally made in order to account for the financial needs of both divorcing parties. That does not necessarily mean, though, that they are permanent or unchangeable.

According to the National Paralegal College, there are many circumstances under which a family law court may reconsider the terms of your spousal support agreement. Generally, a substantial change in circumstances can result in a spousal support award being increased, decreased or terminated altogether, but it may be up to the court to decide what actually qualifies as a significant change.

Some of the changes in circumstance that are typically considered substantial enough to warrant a reconsideration of spousal support payments include but are not limited to:

  •          The loss or gain of employment.
  •          Remarriage and/or cohabitation
  •          Permanent disability

Therefore, you may have the option of having your alimony payments lowered or terminated in the event that you lose your job. Similarly, your ex spouse may no longer be entitled to spousal support if he or she remarries. It is important to note, however, that the possibility of your alimony being terminated can depend largely on the type of spousal support issued in your case.

A number of other factors can come into play when determining spousal support modifications, and the specific circumstances of your case must be considered. As a result, the information provided here cannot serve as legal advice.

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