Karlan v. Karlan
A court has discretion to continue an order to pay alimony and child support, to set aside the order or to modify the order, if the court finds that there has been a substantial change in circumstances. The plaintiff, Mitchell Karlan, moved to modify alimony and child support of $10,000 per month on the grounds that his five children with the defendant, Carey Karlan, have reached the age of majority and are 22 to 29 years old. The plaintiff's children are college graduates, wrote the court. College tuition has been paid, and they are legally considered to be self-sufficient. The court reviewed the financial affidavits that were filed prior to the dissolution of the parties' marriage and in response to the motion to modify support. "An examination of the respective financial affidavits," wrote the court, "compels the conclusion that both parties' financial situations have improved considerably." The parties enjoy higher incomes and more assets. They also have more expenses and liabilities. Considering the parties' ages, earning capacities and stations, the court ordered the plaintiff to pay $7,500 per month, until the wife's death.