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Does remarriage end existing orders for spousal maintenance?

In the years after divorce, many people adjust to the changes in their lives and move forward. For many people, this may include giving marriage another try.

Most aspects of a marital relationship come to a close once a divorce is finalized. However, child support and spousal support payments are one legacy of marriage that can continue long after two people have parted ways. In terms of remarriage, parental obligations do not end, so child support orders remain in place until children reach the legal age limits. On the other hand, spousal support orders could be suspended if the spouse who receives payments is married again.

According to the Judicial Branch of Arizona, there are specific conditions under which alimony can be paid. Based on state law, alimony may be in order when one spouse lacks the property, assets and ability to earn income to make ends meet. Marriage provides financial security for some people, so alimony can help bridge the gap created by divorce. With this in mind, a person who is remarried can find financial security once again by sharing assets with a new spouse.

Of course, it's probably not a wise idea to simply stop making spousal support payments as soon as the ex-spouse receiving payments is in a long-term relationship or engaged again. Failure to comply with a legally enforceable can result in serious legal troubled.

Generally speaking, spousal support orders come to an end when a person remarried. Still, in order to do the right thing, it may be best to consult with an attorney who can provide specific insight into the terms of a spousal maintenance agreement before making an ill-advised decision.

Judicial Branch of Arizona, "Family Court - Frequently Asked Questions," accessed July 29, 2014

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