change of circumstances

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. (See: alimony, child support, spousal support, divorce)

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I do not speak of that greatness which is achieved by the fortunate politician or the successful soldier; that is a quality which belongs to the place he occupies rather than to the man; and a change of circumstances reduces it to very discreet proportions.
Is it to be supposed, for example, that if either of your fathers were living now, and had any mistrust on that subject, his mind would not be changed by the change of circumstances involved in the change of your years?
During the tumult which attended the retreat of the Templars, Rebecca saw and heard nothing she was locked in the arms of her aged father, giddy, and almost senseless, with the rapid change of circumstances around her.
Count," said the banker, "things are constantly occurring in the world to induce us to lay aside our most established opinions, or at all events to cause us to remodel them according to the change of circumstances, which may have placed affairs in a totally different light to that in which we at first viewed them.
Thinking of her, and of the possibility of her father's release from prison by the unbarring hand of death--the only change of circumstance he could foresee that might enable him to be such a friend to her as he wished to be, by altering her whole manner of life, smoothing her rough road, and giving her a home--he regarded her, in that perspective, as his adopted daughter, his poor child of the Marshalsea hushed to rest.
The following cases were heard at Pontypridd Magistrates' Court: * Lou Barnes, 50, of Morgan Street, Gadlys, Aberdare, pleaded guilty to failing to report a change of circumstances to the Department for Work and Pensions, Rhondda Cynon Taff council, making a false statement and committing fraud.
Lilian Westwood, aged 53, previously of Burton Road, Whitington, admitted failing to notify of a change of circumstances and dishonestly making a false declaration over her claim for housing and council tax benefit.
The 40-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to notify a change of circumstances on the first day of a trial in June.
The 37-year-old, from Watt Street, Bensham, Gateshead, pleaded guilty to failing to notify a change of circumstances affecting her entitlement to benefit and failing to give prompt notification of a change of circumstances.
In Conwy, 2,000 forms will be handed out to claimants and can be handed in with any proof of change of circumstances to any of the 17 participating post offices across the borough.
The justices recognize that undue hardship could militate against a retroactive order being made as of the date of the change of circumstances.
Jeffrey, of Sunbeam, Lakeside, Tamworth, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to notify a change of circumstances while claiming incapacity benefit.