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I'm sorry your divorce attorney did not share with you the fact that the alimony was for life. Pemanent alimony would only terminate upon death of your exwife or if she remarries, unless the order states differently, but you can seek a modification if you're going to retire.
South Carolina law authorizes a spouse to request modification of alimony based upon a change of circumstances. S.C. Code Ann. § 20-3-170 (1976 & Supp. 2001). After a hearing in which the parties are given the opportunity to be heard and present evidence, the family court may “make such order and judgment as justice and equity shall require, with due regard to the changed circumstances and the financial ability of the supporting spouse, decreasing or increasing or confirming the amount of alimony provided for in such original judgment or terminating such payments.” S.C. Code Ann. § 20-3-170 (1976).
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