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If a payor gets remarried, does alimony change?

Alimony is designed to help support a spouse who depended on their ex for financial support and lost that through the divorce. Naturally, if the person receiving the alimony gets remarried and has another source of support, this means that alimony may change or end.

After all, alimony recognizes that a divorce may be unfair for one partner. Traditionally, this outlook has applied to women who were financially dependent on their husbands. In the modern era, though, women tend to be more active in the workforce and can and do earn more than their husbands. This means that modern alimony can work in either direction if there is a significant disadvantage to either party.

But what if the payer is the one who gets remarried? Say you have been ordered to pay alimony to your ex for five years. After two years, you marry someone with significantly more wealth than you. Will the alimony paid to your ex now increase for the next three years since you have more income now than you did during the initial court order?

It will not. The law in Massachusetts makes it very clear that your new spouse's assets are not part of the equation and the court will not consider them. All that matters is the money that you earn, and alimony payments are typically just decided based on earnings right at the time of the divorce.

If you have any other questions about alimony payments or your financial position during or after a divorce, it can help to work with an experienced legal team that can give you specific answers relevant to your situation.

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