Once a divorce is over, people move on. They go on dates, they fall in love, and they eventually get married; it’s only healthy to do so. However, will remarriage affect alimony and child support decisions made after a divorce? Can these decisions be changed or overturned? Well, it depends.
Alimony (Spousal Support)
The purpose of alimony is to provide financial support to a spouse to avoid unfair economic consequences. If a supported spouse remarries, periodic alimony automatically ends without having to return to court. However, if alimony is to be paid in a lump sum or by transfer of property, a remarriage doesn’t change the paying spouse’s obligation.
If a supported spouse moves in with someone else and as a result, their standard of living improves, alimony may also be terminated. Under Florida Law § 61.14, a court is authorized to reduce or terminate an award of alimony when the person receiving alimony enters a “supportive relationship.” The courts will look at how long the supported spouse has lived with the other person and how much financial assistance is provided.
A remarriage does not typically affect a parent’s obligation to financially support a minor child. Biological parents are responsible for their children regardless of a new spouse. Even if the supported spouse marries a wealthy man or woman, child support payments may remain the same. Only in a few circumstances will a court grant a reduction to child support after a remarriage: if it is in the best interest of the children, if the children are adopted by the new spouse, or if the time-sharing arrangement is changed significantly.
If you have concerns regarding remarriage and divorce, contact our experienced Clearwater divorce attorneys at Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A. We have over thirty-five years of legal experience to offer you.
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