Alimony is a very common part of divorce agreements. Often, the financially dependent spouse will require alimony to stay financially afloat and retain the standard of living established during the marriage. That said, when the spouse receiving alimony gets remarried, their new spouse likely has a job that makes receiving alimony no longer necessary. Please continue reading and reach out to an experienced Morris Township divorce lawyer from Graves Andrews, LLC today to learn more about how alimony works in New Jersey and whether you’ll have to continue paying it after a divorce. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Do I have to keep paying alimony if my ex-spouse gets remarried?
Here in the state of New Jersey, alimony isn’t designed to be permanent. Though there is open durational alimony, which is a type of alimony that has no finite end, when circumstances change and the spouse receiving alimony no longer requires it, it will most likely warrant termination of alimony. Therefore, if your ex gets remarried, you most likely won’t have to continue paying it. There are other scenarios that may warrant termination of or a modification to alimony, including:
- The spouse receiving alimony gets a higher-paying job or a promotion
- The spouse receiving alimony wins the lottery
- The spouse receiving alimony receives a large inheritance
- The spouse paying alimony loses his or her job suddenly and due to no fault of their own
What should I do if my ex gets remarried and I want to stop paying alimony?
If you’re looking to put an end to an alimony arrangement, the first thing you should do is hire an experienced Morristown post-judgment modification lawyer who can assess your circumstances and determine whether you have grounds to seek a post-judgment modification. From there, your attorney can file a motion with the court to terminate your alimony agreement. As long as the court agrees that your ex no longer requires alimony, they should terminate the agreement.
If you have any additional questions about how alimony works in New Jersey or you would like to terminate your alimony agreement, our firm is here to help. Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call today.
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