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Cohabitation risks for alimony receiving spouses

When a couple decides to divorce, finances and child welfare often become part of the package. Child and spousal support are typically combined when divorcing in New Mexico and other parts of the country. Naturally, former spouses may enter new relationships. In many cases, because they receive financial support from a previous spouse, they are inclined to hide a new relationship in efforts to continually receive their court-appointed alimony.

Divorces may be affected by social media presence

Some New Mexico residents may be interested to learn about how social media may be adversely affecting divorce proceedings around the country. Social media has the potential to dangerously complicate a party's interests in a divorce and undermine their case for child custody and alimony. For example, if one parent has custody of a teenaged child and that child posts photographs of him or herself engaging in some illegal activity, those photographs can be used against the parent during custody hearings, even if the parent had no knowledge the activities.

Mother prevails in child abduction dispute

New Mexico parents concerned about child custody issues may be interested in a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court ruled 9-0 in favor of the mother in the child custody and abduction case. The ruling centered on a time limitation required by international rules on child abduction.

Proving cohabitation with alimony on the line

New Mexico residents that pay or receive alimony may wonder how cohabitation plays into the equation. Unlike a remarriage, which can be easily shown with a copy of the marriage certificate, it can be difficult for an ex-spouse to obtain proof of cohabitation with a new partner. Some people will deny the new relationship, knowing that the former spouse does not have the means to hire a private investigator to prove it.