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Alimony and Cohabitation

In Separation & Divorce by Elizabeth Stephenson

Post-separation support and alimony (spousal support) are designed to maintain and financially provide for a “dependent” spouse following a separation. A court weighs numerous factors when deciding alimony, some of which include marital misconduct, the length of the marriage, the relative earnings and property of each spouse, the earning potential of the spouses, the needs and conditions of each spouse, and the couple’s standard of living. Spousal maintenance payments are a contentious issue when a couple separates. While a dependent spouse often needs this support, the “supporting” spouse is frequently reluctant to pay it. Or at the least, wants to pay as little as possible. Even after a post-separation agreement or alimony order is entered, supporting spouses often look for ways to reduce or end their support obligations. One of …