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In re Arvenitis

Supreme Court of New Hampshire
886 A.2d 1025 (2005)


Facts

Charles Arventis (defendant) and Carolyn Arventis (plaintiff) divorced in 1992 when they were in their fifties. The stipulated divorce decree required Charles to pay Carolyn $500 per week in alimony. Twelve years later, in 2006, Charles petitioned the court for termination of his alimony obligation, because he wished to retire. The parties’ stipulation was silent as to retirement. The trial court denied Charles’s request for modification. The trial court found that Charles had not shown a substantial change in circumstances, because Charles’s retirement was foreseeable at the time the divorce decree was entered. Charles appealed.

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