I was married for 32 years before divorcing 8 years ago. I’ve been receiving alimony which was to continue for 10 years. I co-habit with someone and he and I are not married, only because I would lose out on my ex-spouse’s social security when I retire, if I do marry. Now my ex-spouse’s lawyer has sent formal papers ordering me to appear at court as my ex is contesting the alimony on the basis of my co-habitation. Is that feasible? are you not allowed to live with someone and receive alimony? if that is true, I won’t go to court but will capitulate.
Unfortunately, yes, your ex can ask the court in Ohio (through his lawyer) for a modification of the original spousal support award due to ” a substantial change” in the circumstances of either party. Changes the court will consider include:
- Altered economic conditions
- Remarriage of the recipient
- Entering into a relationship in another state that would constitute a valid marriage in Ohio
- Post-decree cohabitation
- Payor’s increased ability to pay
- Retirement and other circumstances.
- The Divorce.com Team
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