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I have been divorced in the state of Maine for three years

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I have been divorced in the state of Maine for three years and my ex-wife has had a live in boyfriend for over 2 years. We were married for 17 years and she was awarded spousal support for 8 years. She is obviously in a long term relationship with her boyfriend, is her living relationship reasons to look to reduce or terminate spousal support?
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In Lyon v. Lyon, the Maine Supreme Court held that cohabitation alone is not enough to terminate or modify spousal support. What the law says is that support may be modified where there is a substantial change in financial circumstances. If her income has increased significantly, or her expenses have significantly decreased (which is possible if he is paying for half of everything), you may be able to use the cohabitation to show a change in her financial circumstances, which can be used to reduce the support you are paying her.

Also, look at your divorce decree. Maine does allow a decree to include a clause stating that support cannot be modified. If your decree says than, then you have to be able to show something beyond just the change in financial circumstances - you have to show that justice requires the modification. That's a higher standard.

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