IF HUSBAND ORDERED TO PAY SOUSAL SUPPORT:
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that spousal support shall terminate upon Wife’s remarriage, death or cohabitation with an adult male in an economic sharing relationship. The court shall retain jurisdiction to modify the amount and duration of the spousal support award.
IF WIFE ORDERED TO PAY SOUSAL SUPPORT:
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that spousal support shall terminate upon Husband’s remarriage, death or cohabitation with an adult female in an economic sharing relationship. The court shall retain jurisdiction to modify the amount and duration of the spousal support award.
The Ohio Supreme Court in State v. Williams (1997), 79 Ohio St. 3d 459; 1997 Ohio 79; 683 N.E.2d 1126; 1997 Ohio LEXIS 2423, set out what constitutes cohabitation:The essential elements of "cohabitation" are (1) sharing of familial or financial responsibilities and (2) consortium.
The Court listed several factors that would tend to establish shared familial or financial responsibilities. They are: "provisions for shelter, food, clothing, utilities, and/or commingled assets." [Some examples include: bill sharing (utility, cable, internet, etc.); joint ownership of property (deeds, titles); persons named on common lease; co-debtors listed on loan document; joint savings; etc.]
Additionally, the Court listed several factors that might establish consortium, which are: "mutual respect, fidelity, affection, society, cooperation, solace, comfort, aid of each other, friendship, and conjugal relations."
Just because persons are living together under the same roof does not constitute legal cohabitation under Ohio law. The above factors must be shown. Once demonstrated you may receive a post decree court order for termination of spousal support, as long as your final decree provided for the termination.
The above information is not offered as, and does not constitute, legal advice. The information presumes you are not currently represented by an attorney who knows your specific circumstances.