Florida residents may be interested in the way cohabitation affects alimony. When a couple divorces, one spouse may pay alimony to the other for sustenance and to help them become self-sufficient. Spousal support may be limited or it may continue until the spouse receiving alimony remarries. However, cohabitation without remarriage may occur and in this case alimony does not necessarily stop.
The rules concerning the effect cohabitation has on alimony differ in various states but in most cases proof is dependent on showing that the new couple are living in a way suggestive of a married couple. The question of proof can be difficult, however. Financial and social sharing of duties and living expenses are two areas that may be used to satisfy proof. If a couple shares rent, food or utility bills, this may show cohabitation. Social factors such as helping with child rearing or vacationing together indicate a couple are living in a situation that reflects marriage.