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What is the statute of limitations on having to pay alimony?

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What is the statute of limitations on having to pay alimony?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Lucy, Esq. replied 1 year ago.


I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today.

There is no statute of limitations. Once alimony has been ordered, that order remains in effect until the payments have been made. A spouse could go back at any time to try to collect missed payments. This is because the spouse who is supposed to be paying is in contempt of court if he doesn't, and contempt is ongoing for every day the amount is not paid.

If you're asking how long someone has to pay, that's up to the judge. The general duration is about half the length of the marriage, but judges have discretion for long-term marriages to order alimony to be paid indefinitely. It will end if either spouse dies, or if the spouse receiving payments remarries or begins to cohabitate with a new partner.

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