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When can a person stop paying alimony?

Whenever a Virginia resident has a question about their post-divorce obligations, they should consult both their final divorce decree and their family law attorney. Their final divorce decree will include all provisions that are relevant to their expectations once their marriage is over, and their family law attorney can provide any answers that they need to their case-specific questions. This post provides general information only and should not be read as legal advice.

Alimony obligations can end for a number of reasons. Not all alimony awards are permanent, and therefore conditions for termination may be written into any language that individuals' divorce decrees contain. For example, if alimony is only supposed to last until an individual is able to complete their education and get back into the workforce, then it may terminate upon the completion of these events.

Alimony can also end when circumstances change in the lives of the payer and recipient. If the alimony recipient remarries, their award of alimony from their ex may be terminated. Similarly, if the payer loses their job or otherwise becomes unable to provide their ex with financial support, they may be able to modify or stop their payments so that they do not fall into deficiency.

Alimony may end after a certain amount of time, after the completion of an event, or upon a change in the circumstances or lives of the payer or recipient. Since it is often a vital component of a divorce it is important that readers always have a clear understanding of their own alimony responsibilities. Alimony and other divorce-related topics can be discussed with readers' trusted family law and divorce attorneys.

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