An alimony award “may be modified or vacated at any time, upon motion in the cause and a showing of changed circumstances by either party.”  North Carolina General Statute § 50-16.9. Examples of scenarios that constitute changed circumstances include job loss, disability or illness, obtaining a higher paying job or any other factor that significantly changes the current financial picture.  Modification of an alimony award is not automatic, and a hearing will be held for the court to determine whether a modification is proper.