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Judges do have discretion to limit alimony
to a specific time period, based on the duration of the marriage. However, they unfortunately also have the ability to order indefinite alimony, to continue until the wife dies or remarries. Look at your divorce decree - if the judge ordered you to pay indefinitely because she is disabled, the payments unfortunately will continue. If you go back to modify the payments before she has an income, and your income has increased, the judge actually could increase your monthly payments, which will not help you.
There has been a trend in the past few years that seriously disfavors permanent alimony
(since it started when women didn't work outside the home). It's possible that changes in the law may eventually allow you to get this order changed or reduced. But, until then, unfortunately, you will have to pay until she becomes self-supporting, dies or remarries, because that's what the judge ordered.
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