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.
His remembrance can be overcome by no change of circumstances or opinions.
But there was much to be talked of in marrying her; and the good-natured wishes for her well-doing which had proceeded before from all the spiteful old ladies in Meryton lost but a little of their spirit in this change of circumstances, because with such an husband her misery was considered certain.
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.
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
"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 defense argued that the plaintiff "failed to demonstrate a change of circumstances other than the dissipation of assets received in the consent judgment of divorce, and this did not suffice under the express language of the judgment." It also argued that the spousal support award was "unsupported by the evidence and inequitable."
209A, a District Court judge did not err in denying that motion despite the defendant's assertion that he proved that there had been a significant change of circumstances and, as a result, the plaintiff no longer had a reasonable fear of physical harm from him.
Appearing for mention on July 18, Koloane, who is currently in custody, pleaded with the court to grant him bail because there has been change of circumstances in the case as the second accused has absconded.
The new service means they can ask Alexa to "open HMRC" and ask for help and information with a change of circumstances, payment information, or a renewal.