Does spousal maintenance support stop upon death of payee?

I need to know if the requirement to pay spousal maintenance support automatically terminates upon the death of my ex-spouse?

Asked on May 23, 2012 under Family Law, Kansas


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, yes. Alimony termination occurs either when a former spouse dies or when the court orders alimony to end. Alimony may also terminate when the recipient remarries or enters a domestic partnership. Now, if your former spouse has a judgement for arrears, the estate can enforce that against you.  So it does not really end when she or he passes away.  

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