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cohabitation spousal supportMy ex-wife just moved into her new partner’s house. Do I still have to pay spousal support payments?

Divorce rates in the United States have increased two-fold since 1970, with nearly 50.6 percent of all marriages resulting in divorce. Generally, courts look to the contribution of both parties to determine the proper equitable relief required to make the two parties to the divorce whole. Such contributions include: support of the working spouse, the raising of children, maintaining the household, and completing a degree. In some instances the court awards spousal support payments to that spouse who played more of a support role in the relationship, in order to help that spouse get back on their feet.

The Basics of Spousal Support

 Spousal support was originally created to help each spouse maintain their same quality of life that they enjoyed during the relationship, allowing the spouse to rehabilitate themselves through education or the purchase or lease of a new home. On most occasions, spousal support is not a permanent expense for either party, and under Illinois law §750 ILCS 5/510(c), spousal support ceases - by operation of law and absent a separate agreement - when the party receiving the spousal support cohabitates with a new partner.

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