Retirement Inequality I would like to retire in a few years but do not see that as a possibility given that I live under the weight of permanent spousal maintenance. My ex has retired and moved out of state and now lives with a relative. While recent legislation addresses cohabitation it does not extend to this situation. Further if challenged in court, I would expect the rebuttal would be that the situation is temporary while a permanent residence is being sought. At the time of the divorce, assets were split evenly and the spousal maintenance compensating for the income differential. Thus from that point forward, both of us being on equal financial paths. However, the exception has been the management of finances. With this continued financial burden, I have led a very frugal life and have put aside savings for my retirement. My ex on the other hand, has continued to spend as during the marriage such as for new cars and vacation trips. I on the other hand, continue to nurse my 19-year old car and a recent trip was 60 miles to purchase second hand furniture. In court, I expect the judge would assess our current financial positions and declare I still have the means to provide support despite the loss of income due to retirement. If I do retire at the appropriate age as dictated by the Social Security Administration, might the court construe that it would be an act of attempting to elude spousal maintenance? Surely I could still work beyond that point, given good health, but when does it end? My hope is that legislation is enacted to define the conclusion of spousal support. I have been working for over 45 years and would like to set a plan for the remainder of my life, enjoy the twilight, rather than having to work till death.
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