ICENHOUR V. ICENHOUR, 2023-NCCOA-______ (2023) (unpublished).
- Facts: Plaintiff and Defendant were married in 1987 but separated in 2011. In 2012, they reached a consent judgment in which the Defendant agreed to pay $1,800 per month in alimony based on an annual income of $100,000. In 2014, the Defendant attempted to modify the alimony arrangement, but the court denied the motion, citing unchanged financial circumstances. In 2018, the Defendant, who was working as a transportation driver for Richard Petty Racing, filed another motion to modify alimony, claiming a reduced income and increased expenses due to rising rent, housing, and vehicle costs. Plaintiff initiated a show cause order against the Defendant for not fully paying alimony from January 2019. In January 2020, a memorandum of judgment led to a reduction of the Defendant’s monthly alimony obligation by $100. However, by mid-2020, the Defendant once again failed to fully pay alimony, prompting another show cause order. In December 2020, the Defendant filed another motion to modify alimony, stating he was furloughed and later terminated, incurring unforeseen expenses and borrowing against his retirement account. At a hearing in March 2022, Defendant testified about his employment history, reduced income, and efforts to secure new jobs. In June 2022, the court issued an Alimony Order, finding a substantial change in circumstances and reducing the Defendant’s monthly alimony obligation to $600. A Contempt Order was also issued, stating the Defendant’s arrearage and ordering him to pay $100 per month until the debt was cleared. Both parties appealed these orders.