Can I Waive Alimony While Unemployed?


I recently lost my job. Can I waive my monthly alimony payments while I am unemployed?


While I am not licensed to practice law in you state, I am licensed to practice in Indiana and can give you some general guidance with respect to this issue.

Although Indiana (where I practice) does not have alimony, we do have a similar creature called spousal maintenance that can rear its ugly head in a divorce case, although only in limited circumstances. In Indiana, you can modify maintenance if there was been a substantial and continuous change in circumstances that makes the terms of maintenance unreasonable. The question as to whether your lost wages is a substantial and continuous change will be left to a judge and he or she would then need to decide what maintenance payment is reasonable.

The law in your state is obviously at least somewhat different from Indiana given that we are talking about alimony versus spousal maintenance. Hopefully your state has a standard similar to what we have here in Indiana that will allow your lost wages to be taken into consideration.

To confirm that you have a similar standard, I would urge you to speak to a domestic litigation attorney in your area. Only then will you know for sure what your rights are in your state and how you can protect them.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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