If you are receiving alimony payments, you may be wondering if your dating life can potentially impact them. Alimony is designed to ensure that the spouse who earns less can continue to meet their financial needs during the divorce process and in the aftermath, depending on the type a judge chooses to award. These payments typically end when the receiving spouse remarries, but dating may also affect them if you are cohabitating with your new partner.
Alimony and Cohabitation
The court will not modify your alimony payments if you are simply dating. However, in many cases, alimony may be reduced or even terminated when the receiving party lives with a new partner. There are many factors a judge may review in order to make this decision.
Here are some of the questions that may need to be answered:
- Do you and your new partner have shared assets?
- Have you told your friends and family about this new relationship?
- How long have you been in the relationship?
- Do you and your new partner both contribute to household expenses?
- Do you live together?
Essentially, if your relationship is similar to a marriage, a judge may terminate your alimony payments. Cohabitation is often difficult to prove. If your new partner occasionally spends the night, the court will not consider this cohabitation. Your partner must habitually live with you for the court to consider this cohabitation and for it to impact your alimony payments.
If you are unsure if your alimony payments are at risk of being terminated, now is the time to discuss your case with an experienced family lawyer who can review your case and advise you on how to proceed.
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