My ex has been living with a partner for the past 4 months, do I have to keep paying maintenance?

Traditionally, the answer to this question has been yes. The obligation to pay maintenance has not terminated in Colorado just because either the payer or recipient is in a new relationship. This is confusing to people because maintenance does automatically end if the recipient remarries [although a remarriage by the payer does not limit the obligation to pay maintenance].

There are circumstances in which the recipient of maintenance is supported by a new “significant other” to the extent that this might end their need for maintenance. For anyone contemplating moving in with a significant other while receiving maintenance or whether to file a motion to termination maintenance, the advice of an experienced lawyer is invaluable.

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