Wheaton, IL alimony lawyerFor many spouses who go through divorce, alimony — also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance — is a lifeline. This is especially true for stay-at-home parents who will struggle to re-enter the workforce after the divorce. A divorce court will issue a spousal support order if it feels that one spouse needs the financial help.

However, alimony is rarely paid forever. There are certain scenarios in which your ex can stop making spousal support payments, some of which will be discussed in this article. Remember that the best way to know if your alimony is in jeopardy is to consult your Illinois alimony attorney.

Here are three scenarios in which you might stop receiving alimony payments.


If you are receiving spousal support and you get remarried, your ex is no longer required to continue making payments. This is because, under Illinois law, you are in a “supportive relationship,” which means that your new spouse is expected to support you. The law will not continue to force your ex to pay alimony if you are also receiving financial support from a new partner.