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I live in New Jersey (Alimony Reform is Law), I was in a horrible marriage for 9 years, 3 1/2 in divorce litigation, I am 67 years old, have been paying $400.00 a month Alimony since June 30, 2006, over 9 years. I am retired, on Social Security, and a pension from United Parcel Service, I wonder if I have a chance pro se, to have my Alimony ended by the Courts ?
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I am sorry to hear about this situation.
Unfortunately, this is up to the Court. There is no way to tell beforehand what the Judge will say, and cases are very subjective when it comes to alimony. Every case is different, parties are different, and the Judges are different.
I can tell you what you would have to prove. To get a modification, someone in your situation would have to show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the last ruling on alimony. Donnelly v. Donnelly, 963 A. 2d 855 - NJ: Appellate Div. 2009. This can mean the ex coming into money or re-marrying, or you being retired earlier than intended, or being ill.
IF SO, then the Court has the ability to modify alimony as it sees fit, or terminate it all together.
Good luck.
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