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My Client Suspects Their Ex Has Begun Cohabitation. Can They Terminate Alimony?

If you have a client who is asking whether alimony payments can be terminated because of suspicions that your client’s ex has begun cohabitation with someone else, please read on, then contact an experienced Connecticut cohabitation investigator today.

What effect does cohabitation have on alimony payments?

In the Nutmeg State, either spouse can request a modification or termination of an alimony award if there is a significant change in circumstances since the last order. Courts in Connecticut may modify, suspend or terminate alimony if the recipient spouse is living with, or remarries, another person and the living arrangement alters the financial needs of the recipient. So long as the spouses did not agree in writing, or the court ordered, that alimony was non-modifiable, then either spouse could ask for changes to the alimony award in the future.

What are the metrics for terminating alimony after your client’s ex has begun cohabitation?

For better or worse, cohabitation does not automatically terminate alimony payments unless it has been specified in the divorce agreement and the divorce court has accepted those terms. The paying spouse must prove that the spouse receiving alimony has lower financial needs due to his or her cohabitation with another person. If the court finds that the supported person’s financial needs, in fact, decreased because he or she began living with another person, the court may choose to reduce or eliminate alimony. The court will look at the new live-in partner’s contributions to household expenses.

To prove your client’s suspicions, you should reach out to a skilled Connecticut private investigator for lawyers as soon as possible.

How can a Connecticut private investigator help your client?

A private investigator can find clues that lead to the confirmation of a former spouse’s residence cohabitation status. The red flags or indicators of cohabitation include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sharing a residence
  • Splitting costs of rent and other residence expenses
  • Helping with cooking, cleaning, yard work and other house upkeep
  • Sharing a vehicle
  • The new partner drives and/or watches over the alimony recipient’s children

This evidence will be obtained through surveillance, undercover investigations, tracking, monitoring social media accounts, examining public records and looking into the financial habits of your client’s former spouse and his or her new partner. Your client should not have to support someone who does not, in fact, require support, so please give us a call today.

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