Are you among the many people who have been divorced in New Jersey and are now paying alimony, who believe that you are automatically entitled to terminate that alimony because your ex has begun “cohabiting” with a new significant other?
Unfortunately, that is not necessarily true. You must prove more—much more in fact—to justify the termination of your alimony obligation.
Demonstrating simply a common residence means nothing. Under New Jersey divorce law, you must first show an intimate, close and enduring relationship.
You must also show that the couple has undertaken duties and privileges that are commonly associated with marriage—including for example, living together, intertwined finances such as joint bank accounts, sharing living expenses and household chores, and recognition of the relationship in the couple’s social and family circle.