Q: I was divorced in August of 2000 after 24 years of marriage. I have been paying spousal support since then.
We were married and divorced in Maine.
I am now 75 years old and retired with reduced income. Will the State of Maine law allow me discontinue the spousal support payment. If so, what steps do I need to take?
A: Yes you can ask the court to lower or eliminate the spousal support ordered. You need to file a motion to amend the divorce judgment to lower or eliminate the spousal support. in order to file such a motion it is important to spell out the substantial change in circumstances from the judgment creating the spousal support to today. Certainly retirement and lower income for you is a substantial change which may very likely convince the court to change the order. A court can make the change retroactive to when you file the motion so i would not delay.
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