Lawmakers eye changes to alimony laws

LITTLE ROCK (Arkansas News Bureau) Some lawmakers want the Legislature to consider a measure next year that would require an automatic court review of alimony payments to a former spouse who begins a live-in relationship with a third party.

The House Judiciary Committee concluded some changes may be needed in the state's alimony laws after examining the subject at a meeting last month. The panel agreed that judges should maintain discretion in ordering alimony payments, the amount and length, but that cohabitation should trigger review of a judge's order in such cases.

The Legislature convenes Jan. 14.

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