My Ex Got Remarried; Can I Stop Paying Alimony?

This is Utah.

Everyone gets married, and they sometimes divorce, and then they almost always get remarried.

If you are divorced and you’re paying alimony, you’re probably looking forward to your ex remarrying.

This is because under Utah law, when your ex remarries, you can stop paying alimony.

Here’s the law — Utah Code Annotated, Section 30-3-5(9) — that says that very thing:

“Unless a decree of divorce specifically provides otherwise, any order of the court that a party pay alimony to a former spouse automatically terminates upon the remarriage or death of that former spouse.”

That’s right, unless you, for some unknown reason, agree to pay alimony after remarriage, alimony stops automatically upon remarriage.

You may ask: Do I need to go back to court and modify your divorce decree to stop alimony?

No, you don’t. You can simply stop paying once you’re sure remarriage has happened.

In fact, the only time you may need to go back to court is if you’re ex says he or she isn’t remarried. Whether someone is remarried is pretty easy to figure out, so this almost never comes up.

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