Can my ex-wife get an increase in alimony from me if I decide to cohabitate with another woman?

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Can my ex-wife get an increase in alimony from me if I decide to cohabitate with another woman?

Asked on July 4, 2015 under Family Law, Florida

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

It's possible but unlikely. In order for an increase in alimony to be granted typically it must be shown that there has been a change in circumstances sufficient to justify a change in support; that is a substantial change in circumstances. Your ex-wife would have to show that the amount of alimony awarded her initially, was insufficient to meet her needs at that time; not that she just wants more based on what she thinks you have now. Bottom line, she can't come after you solely because you've found someone else.

Further state law and/or the wording in the alimony agreement itself may limit what she can ask for. At this point, you can consult directly with an attorney in your area. After revieweing all of the information regarding your situation, they wil be in the best position to advise you further.


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