Can a man stop paying permanent alimony if he retires?

We were married for 40 years and have been divorced for

6 years. He wants to retire so he is taking me to court to stop alimony. I have not worked during marriage or after. I am 65 years old.

Asked on May 5, 2016 under Family Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

He cannot automatically stop paying alimony, but he can apply to the court, as he is doing, for a court order stopping alimony or, more likely to be granted, an order reducing his alimony obligations in light of his retirement. When an ex-spouse's life situation or income changes, the courts can, on application by the ex-spouse, modify the alimony requirements. If his retirement income will not let him pay the same amount of alimony while also supporting himself, the court may grant him a reduction.

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