change of circumstances
A reason for a court to modify an existing order for the payment of alimony and/or child support. In most cases, in order to seek a change in the support amount, the person seeking the change must show that circumstances (such as the employment, health, or income of the payor) have changed from when the order was made.
Category: Divorce & Family Law → Divorce, Child Support & Custody

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

change of circumstances
n.
   the principal reason for a court modifying (amending) an existing order for the payment of alimony and/or child support. The change may be an increase or decrease in the income of either the party obligated to pay or the ex-spouse receiving payment, or the health, the employment, or needs of either party. Thus, if an ex-husband's income is substantially increased or the ex-wife becomes ill and cannot work, the judge may order the ex-husband to pay her more. Remarriage of a spouse who is receiving alimony automatically terminates the alimony order, unless there is a special provision that it continue, which is rare.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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