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Alimony Reduced Where Recipient Wife Voluntarily Cut Expenses

April 21, 2017 by  
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Alimony can be reduced if the receiving party voluntarily reduces their expenses.  Courts have considered some voluntary changes in circumstances, such as retirement, as permitting modification of alimony depending upon the totality of the circumstances. Also, courts have reduced an alimony obligation where the substantial change in circumstances has been a reduction of a receiving spouse’s expenses.

 

In the case of Regan v. Regan, the Fourth District Court of Appeals for the State of Florida ruled that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by finding a voluntary change in circumstances had occurred and reducing alimony to the former wife from $ 9,000 a month, which was agreed to in a mediated settlement agreement, to $ 7,800 a month because the former wife significantly cut her expenses by selling the marital home, moving to a different state, and purchasing a smaller home.

 

If you have questions about a modification of an alimony obligation in your case contact us to schedule a consultation.

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