The result of divorce is often thought about as a couple splitting ways and separating their lives for good. While many people wish it were this way, there are certain circumstances that do not make this possible. One of the circumstances is when one of the ex-spouses remarries.

Marital settlement or postnuptial agreements, when written thoroughly by an experienced divorce attorney, may often include clauses that address whether the requirements for one or both parties involved in a divorce are altered if a significant change is made in one of their lives. For this reason, a divorce may not separate each ex’s actions from each other after the divorce is final, especially if one of the parties remarries. Here are some of the reasons why:

Alimony – If one ex-spouse is paying the other ex-spouse alimony, and the recipient spouse remarries, unless there is an agreement that remarriage does not terminate alimony, alimony is terminated per Pennsylvania law. Alimony may also be terminated if the recipient spouse cohabitates as defined by Pennsylvania law. 

Estate Plans – One should review their estate plan and will on a regular basis. This is especially important after one concludes a divorce or remarries. One should consult with their trusted attorney as to their estate plan and will. 

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Child Support – Remarriage does not usually affect a child support order since the new spouse is not typically responsible for supporting a child from the previous marriage. However, a new spouse’s income may serve as a deviation factor for child support. Furthermore, other child support obligations may also affect a support award. 

Many would like to think that a divorce means splitting from their ex completely; however, after reading the above information, it is obvious that this is not always the case. If this happens to you, consult with your divorce attorney to ensure your ex’s remarriage does not negatively impact the hard work you and your attorney put forth to get you where you are today.

If you have questions about this information, or if you would like information about what our experienced attorneys at Wilder Mahood McKinley & Oglesby can do to help you, contact us online or call our office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at 412-261-4040.

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