When alimony ends in Arkansas

On Behalf of | Jun 22, 2021 | Family Law

If you’ve been paying alimony in the state of Arkansas, you’ll have to go through the courts to determine when the payments will come to an end. If you have family law questions about alimony, here are some things to keep in mind.

Entering an alimony decree

When you enter a decree to the family law courts to stop alimony payments, the courts will make a decision about the care of your children as it relates to alimony. Unless agreed upon by you and your ex or ordered by the court prior to these conditions, you will no longer have to pay alimony if:

  • Your former spouse remarries
  • Your former spouse has a child or children with someone and that individual has to receive child support (this is considered the equivalent of remarriage)
  • Your former spouse has a court order to provide financial support to someone who is not birth or adopted child (this is also deemed as remarriage by the courts)
  • You or your former spouse pass away
  • Your ex-spouse is living with someone they are in an intimate relationship with

If there are any additional contingencies set forth by the family law court in regards to alimony payments, these will be taken into account as well.

Alimony and child support

When the family law courts are determining fair child support payments that are paid by the noncustodial parent, the court will refer to the most recent revision to the family’s financial support chart. The court will assume that the amounts displays in the family support chart are correct. If the noncustodial parent is incarcerated, this will not be regarded as voluntary unemployment for the purposes of modifying or establishing the amount of child support payments.

Speak with an experienced family law attorney to discuss your alimony case and determine when you will stop receiving or making payments.