Not all alimony awards are intended to last forever. Although some individuals may be legally entitled to lifelong alimony due to illness or the inability to work, others may only be awarded alimony long enough to get them back on their feet following their divorces. This is particularly true when the ex-spouse is able to work for their own income. To this end, some New Yorkers may see their alimony awards stop because that is how the awards were established in their agreements or orders.
However, even when a person is to receive alimony indefinitely, there are still some events that may bring that obligation to its end. For example, according to the New York City Bar, the death of either the alimony payer or the alimony recipient may terminate the obligation.
Also, a recipient who chooses to remarry could also see their alimony payments stop. It is generally assumed that the new spouse will help them meet their financial needs and, as such, the responsibility to maintain them should no longer rest upon their former partner.
Courts that approve alimony agreements and create alimony orders do so if they deem that it is fair and just to require individuals to support their soon-to-be ex-spouses. All divorce cases are subject to their own facts and circumstances, and individuals should speak with their divorce attorneys about how alimony may be resolved in their legal matters. A number of factors must be assessed before a court may determine if alimony is appropriate in a particular divorce case.