What recourse do I have if my ex-husband has stopped paying my maintenance?

Asked over 2 years ago - Port Angeles, WA

Divorce decree states he pay maintenance until I remarry. I am not remarried, nor do I have plans to do so. He is saying that because I have been "cohabitating" with someone for a year that spousal support is normally dropped.

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  1. Damon Hooper Canfield

    Contributor Level 4

    Answered . Death or your remarriage are the standard conditions upon which a spousal maintenance obligation would end (short of a defined time period). Some parties negotiate for additional conditions on the maintenance, such as cohabitation.

    If your decree does not set forth such a terminating condition then you should seek to enforce the decree, perhaps by hiring an attorney and seeking an award of fees for having to enforce the decree. This is especially the case if his basis for ceasing payment is your alleged "cohabitation".

  2. Frances Turean

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . Take him back to court to enforce the decree. Perhaps consult with an attorney on how to do so.

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