Issue: Under New Jersey law, what must a party seeking modification to alimony or support prove?
Area of Law:
Modification to alimony or support; Changed circumstances; Burden of showing
685 A.2d 508; 569 A.2d 770; 281 A.2d 273
A party seeking a modification to an alimony or other support order bears the burden of showing that there is a change in circumstances to justify the modification. SeeInnes v. Innes, 117 N.J. 496, 569 A.2d 770 (1990). SeeCrews v. Crews, 164 N.J. at 33-34, 751 A.2d 524, 526-27 (2000) ("changed circumstances" shown where supporting spouse’s ability to pay increases enough to meet previously determined marital lifestyle).