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If My Spouse Remarries Do I Have to Continue Paying Alimony?

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After divorce, one spouse may be told to pay the other spouse for a specific amount of time. This practice, called alimony, is not uncommon; however, each state has its own set of rules and obligations when it comes to alimony. In particular, it’s important for Tennessee residents to know what should happen if they are paying alimony to their ex and their ex gets remarried.

What Happens After Your Ex Gets Married

In Tennessee, a spouse who remarries will lose the spousal support they were receiving from their first spouse. The former spouses do not need to go to court to make this happen — this is automatically in place as soon as the new marriage happens. However, there are some conditions where a spouse will still have to pay alimony:

  • If payouts weren’t made before the new marriage — if the paying spouse was behind on payments prior to the receiving spouse getting married, the paying spouse will still need to make payments up to the date of the new marriage.
  • If it was lump-sum alimony and not all money has been paid — if the paying spouse was told to make payments because of lump-sum alimony and has not completed those payments, the paying spouse will need to fulfill their obligation in paying the amount ordered.

Can Changes be Made to My Alimony Before My Ex-Spouse Gets Married?

Depending on the circumstances, the paying spouse can petition to have changes made to alimony payments. This could be for a variety of reasons other than the receiving spouse getting married. Changes to alimony payments can be petitioned by either ex-spouse for reasons such as:

  • A new job;
  • Loss of a job;
  • Inheritance;
  • Termination of child support; or,
  • Violation of the divorce decree.

Do These Rules Apply Nationwide?

No. Each state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to paying alimony. That’s why it’s critical to have an experienced attorney representing you if you have to go to court regarding alimony.

If you have questions about making or receiving alimony payments, reach out to the lawyers at Peterson White, LLP. Our Knox County attorneys are available to help you with your needs. Reach out today for a complimentary consultation — (855) 919-4124.