My husband's divorce from his first wife became final in 2012, just before the alimony laws were reformed in Massachusetts. It was a long term marriage resulting in three adults kids. His ex has been cohabitating with her boyfriend for one year. She is unable to work due to a disability, but receives social security disability payments. My husband currently pays her $400 a week, plus 25% of his annual bonus, for a total of $25,000 a year. He also has to keep her on his health and dental insurance and pays for a life insurance policy for $100,000 with her as the beneficiary. Even though he makes more than double my salary, I end up paying more than 1/2 of our monthly bills because of his alimony payments.
His divorce agreement states that alimony would end when either one of them dies, she gets remarried, or the agreement is modified by the courts. The current law states that alimony ends when the payor reaches full retirement age, which is less than 2 years for my husband. We have talked about seeking a modification to lower the payments due to her cohabitation, and to make sure that the payments stop when he reaches the age of 66. Massachusetts also will consider modification if the ex-spouse is living with someone and receiving financial support from them. I am 12 years younger than him and am afraid that I will be working to support her after my husband retires.
He has been dragging his feet to start the modification process because he feels that the judge won't overturn another judge's decision. Has anyone else had experience with this?