Cohabitation & Alimony Modification- Is your former spouse violating your divorce agreement by living with someone?
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Alimony arrangements can be infuriating when the alimony recipient secretly cohabitates with a new partner. Often times, this will result in one of two untenable situations: the alimony recipient may be using their alimony disbursements to financially support the new partner; or the alimony recipient may be receiving cash payments of financial support from the new partner, while concealing significant changes in their own finances.
New Jersey legislature has defined Cohabitation as being a…
“mutually supportive, intimate personal relationship in which a couple has undertaken duties and privileges that are commonly associated with marriage or civil union.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean that the couple needs to be living together full-time in order for a court to find that a cohabitative relationship exists, rather, the courts will consider the following factors when determining whether or not a couple is cohabitating:
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- If the couple shares household chores
- Any evidence the court deems relevant
- If the couple share responsibilities for living expenses
- Recognition of the relationship by family and social circles
- If the couple shares finances like joint bank accounts or shared holdings and/or liabilities
- Whether or not the couple is living together, and if not, the frequency of contact, and the duration of the relationship in question
These factors for cohabitation were established through a variety of previous cases, and have now been grouped together and defined in New Jersey’s alimony statute N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(n).
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