5 tips for living together in partner alimony researchNico van den Dries
We are happy to give 5 tips for research on cohabitation in the case of partner alimony. As specialists, we are happy to show you how a certain investigation is carried out or what is important in this respect. Do you suspect that your ex-partner has a new relationship and is also living with it? Would you like to reduce the spousal alimony to nil or completely stop paying spousal alimony? First read the article below about the tips that you should take into account.
In most cases, our customers receive information or tips from third parties:
We call these 'signals', which leads to the suspicion that the ex-partner, to whom you undoubtedly pay (too) much partner maintenance, has a new partner and is living with him without informing you. But is that really so?
The following simple tips will help you with what you need to do and know to demonstrate the ex's cohabitation with the new relationship.
Tip 1. First ask yourself whether you actually live together.
Of course it may be that people in your environment report this, that even the children indicate this or that it is simply online. Don't just go along with this. It may be that the ex-partner has a new relationship but that they are not yet living together as such.
First, start by carefully reviewing the agreements you have made with your ex-partner in the divorce agreement. For example, does it say that the ex-partner is allowed to live together on a trial basis? Is there a specific period in which this must be reported?
After that, it is advisable to at least start saving this data in what we call a logbook.
Tip 2. Always have a preliminary examination done by a specialist first.
This step will certainly confirm what you may already suspect. Never immediately write to your ex-partner, do your own research (this is not independent) or just have an entire investigation done. This gives you a good chance that you will 'throw away' money for nothing. A good specialist will always want to conduct a preliminary investigation first to check whether the suspicions are correct and whether they are indeed the case living with a new partner.
Tip 3. Make use of a party with a lot of experience in this area
If a preliminary investigation shows that the situation lends itself to a full partner maintenance investigation, do not hesitate and have this carried out. Check for yourself (as far as this is possible, of course) whether the specialist knows exactly what to do in terms of recording and that this is done in accordance with the legal guidelines. Unfortunately, it often happens that an engaged agency merely observes and makes a report without knowing exactly what a partner alimony investigation entails.
So ensure yourself of a solid specialist who:
If a specialist is involved in the necessary research, we recommend that you find a lawyer who is a specialist in this type of family law and has experience with this type of research report.
Tip 4. Actively participate in the investigation and request regular updates.
Of course, the information you receive is very important. Share this information with the specialist at all times and as soon as possible, as there may be important issues in between. Also ask for regular updates so that you stay informed of the progress and planning.
Tip 5. Consult with the specialist and lawyer about further strategy after completion of the investigation.
When the investigation has been completed and you have received all the necessary documents, consult with the lawyer about the strategy to achieve a reduction.
Usually the following steps are used:
Very important: do not do it yourself but consult a specialist to handle it.
In short: if you want to reduce partner alimony, of course preferably to nil, always go through these 5 tips and make sure you get solid advice before you do anything further. Patience is a virtue and you usually only get one chance to get it right.
Do you need specific advice? Do not hesitate and call us on 020-3690030.