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Woman wants to stop alimony payments after ex wins lottery

It is not uncommon for one spouse to earn more than another during the course of a marriage. When a couple decides to divorce, that might mean that the spouse who earns more money is required to pay alimony to the less-affluent spouse. Even in modern times, usually the ex-husband makes payments to his ex-wife, but that isn't always the case. In an even more unusual situation, one woman in New Jersey is seeking to end her alimony payments to her ex after he won almost $275 million in the lottery.

The woman says that her ex-husband is the one who recently hit the jackpot in the Mega Millions lottery. She says that the alimony payments she is still required to make to him are nothing compared to the amount of money he stands to gain from his winnings. She insists that she is not bitter or unhappy for his good fortune and that she is not seeking to obtain a share of the lottery sum.

She says that during their marriage, she outearned him and that he was primarily a homemaker. The woman says that their arrangement was mutually agreed to and that it allowed the two of them more time to vacation together during their marriage. Their divorce was finalized only a few months ago, and the ex-wife learned of her husband's win through an anonymous phone call.

Though this situation is highly irregular, it still offers valuable lessons for anyone in New Jersey who is considering a divorce. Financial circumstances can change and a modification to an existing alimony agreement may be warranted. An experienced divorce attorney can help anyone who has questions about how to create or change a comprehensive divorce agreement.

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