In the past, if a person was terminated from his or her job and wanted to modify alimony due to a change in circumstances, our courts would many times not even consider such an application until six months to a year had passed. During that time, the unemployed person would have to continue paying alimony at the ordered rate or arrears would start to accrue at an alarming rate. Also during that time, the unemployed person would have to document his or her efforts to obtain new employment and provide proof of such efforts to the court when the court felt enough time had passed to file a modification application. This amount of time was very subjective and different judges would have different thresholds, since there was no statute detailing what was an appropriate length of time before someone could file such an application.
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