Re: Over divorce... now facing the fact he wants to take alimony away
Support for life after a long term marriage is that uncommon, I think in my state every three years of marriage equals one year of support. There are scenarios where life time support may be appropriate but absolutely not if the ex spouse has the ability to work and support themselves. Heck you can educate yourself with an associates degree in two years and land a decent paying job!
OP if you had proven vested interest in the "companies" you should have cashed out and taken the money, and I can't believe a lawyer didn't advise you that. Basing a life time income off of a business is crazy, on your part and on your ex's part, way to many 'what if possibilities", I'm not going to bother listing the scenarios that come to mind.
I'm guessing you are being a little deceptive with us, I don't believe your life time alimony has anything to do with the "companies". I believe because you were married a long time and and feel you played your role as wife/mother/partner you think you deserve a life time income, more like you retired than divorced.
My advise would be to plan for the worst case scenario, if the companies fail and he goes into bankruptcy it doesn't matter what your divorce decree states about support, you can't squeeze money out of nothing. Right now you know this is going to become an issue, he has already told you something needs to change, you mention one of the companies is already in trouble.
Personally I think you should renegotiate for a lump sum payment, or some other tangible asset such as more property. I would rather have the money in hand than fight and worry for the rest of my life.