How to Avoid Paying Alimony
So, you want to know how to avoid paying alimony? That’s a good question. I am not sure that you can avoid paying alimony all the time. But sometimes you can. Or at least you can get it reduced and/or modified. (If not, you may have to pay it for the rest of your life – although, that is slowly changing.)
- Get your spouse to agree to reduce, modify or end the alimony – sometimes due to changed circumstances such as a remarriage or illness a former couple could agree or stipulate to ending alimony payments. They would probably have to get a court to sign off on the agreement for it to stick but that should be fairly simple to achieve with or without an attorney. Losing your fortune or your job should also be a basis to modify and avoid paying alimony.
- Move to another country – countries which are not signatories of the Hague Convention might be an option if you are trying to avoid alimony. But once you make this move, it would be final insofar as ever returning to your home country.
- Have a properly executed prenuptial agreement – a prenup is the most powerful tool for avoiding alimony. Before you even marry you should execute an agreement with your spouse that speaks to this issue of alimony.
- Trade off something – in exchange for no alimony, trade something else like the marital residence, pension benefits or cash settlement.
- Just don’t pay – but this could lead to garnishment, revocation of your passport and other penalties so this option should be used as a last resort, if at all. Indeed, I do not recommend this option under just about any circumstance unless something really prevents you from paying in which case, you should go back to court and get a modification.
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