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When Does Alimony Terminate in Maryland?

Unless the parties agree otherwise, alimony terminates: (1) on the death of either party; (2) on the recipient's marriage; (3) if the Court finds termination is necessary to avoid a harsh and inequitable result; or (4) on a date specified by the Court or by the parties' written Agreement.

If alimony is awarded by the Court, keep in mind that it is modifiable upon request of either party until the termination date specified by the Court.

In a recent Court of Appeals decision, the Maryland Court held that alimony under a parties' written Separation Agreement terminated upon the recipient party's remarriage, even though the Agreement did not specifically provide for termination of alimony upon the recipient party's remarriage. 

Therefore, if parties intend to agree for alimony to continue after the remarriage of the recipient, it must be specifically stated in their Agreement. 


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