As Seen in the Huffington Post – How to Evaluate if Cohabitation Has Placed Alimony at Risk

A few things can jeopardize an alimony obligation… death, remarriage or that elusive term used for describing an exclusive marriage-like relationship, “cohabitation.”Cohabitation means that a couple is living together in a marriage-esque manner, with interwoven financial, social and sexual interdependencies. From a family law perspective, its presence often forces the reevaluation of whether the alimony-receiving spouse is in a “supportive” relationship such that the need for financial assistance from the payer-spouse is reduced or diminished. When the challenge of cohabitation arises, former spouses are often at serious odds with each other, arguing over whether the new relationship rises to the level of “cohabitation.” The accuser compiles various pieces of evidence, while the alimony-receiving former spouse vehemently denies, denies, and denies. In order to protect the money-flow, drastic measures are often employed by the alimony-recipient, who continues to create the illusion through deceptive practices such as hiding cars or begging friends and family to lie. Cohabitation is ill-defined, and, but for the rare scenario, where divorce lawyers have, in advance, contemplated this issue arising in the future and spelled-out the specific definitions in a Marital Settlement Agreement, most are left struggling with piecing together demonstrative evidence and hoping it will suffice.  Read more …