On behalf of Tasha K. Schaffner of Schaffner Family Law posted in divorce on Friday, November 4, 2016.
Very few Kentucky residents relish the thought of providing ongoing financial support to their soon-to-be exes. However, alimony is still alive and well, and many divorce cases will result in one party making payments to the other. In many cases, alimony payments can be ceased when the recipient remarries. Unfortunately, not all former spouses are open and honest about their relationship status.
An example is found in the case of a man who recently sought advice concerning long-standing alimony payments. At the time of the divorce, his wife was a stay-at-home mother and had minor children living within the home. However, after her youngest child went to college, the mother re-entered the workforce. Her former husband estimates that she now makes in excess of $100,000 per year.
She also remained living in the family home, which no longer had a mortgage. Her former husband was aware that she moved her boyfriend into the property some time ago. However, he was unaware that she went on to marry the boyfriend nearly 9 years ago. In the time since, she has continued to accept alimony payments, even though she remarried.
Her former husband is looking for advice on how to cease ongoing alimony payments and perhaps have a portion of his payments returned. In order to do so, he will need to approach a family law court and make a strong argument that his wife was wrong to continue cashing checks long after her divorce and remarriage. His story serves as a warning to all Kentucky spouses of the need to remain informed about the marital status of a spouse who is also the recipient ongoing spousal support.