Wondering with the new divorce rulings if Greenburg v Greenburg still holds...that would be for a long term marriage over 20 years...that husband could just quit or retire and stop alimony payments?
Greenberg does not say you can just quit, retire and stop paying alimony. It simply recognizes that the payor may have a claim for modification using his/her retirement as a material change in circumstance and warranting a review of the alimony provisions of the judgment. The review remains much broader than simply confirming the payor’s retirement.
The new law, effective 3/1/12, codifies Greenburg’s (and several other cases’) view that when the payor reaches the age of eligibility for Social Security, the alimony provisions may be reviewed (but not neccessarily altered) under a complaint for modification.
This is not legal advice and is not intended to create an attorney-client relationship. You should speak to an attorney for further information.