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Question #108

My mother-in-law was awarded alimony after a divorce in New York over 25 years ago. About 15 years ago her ex stopped gradually stopped making payments. Because she was scared my mother-in-law did nothing about it. She is now about to be laid off from her job. Is she entitled to back alimony and future alimony? Or, was there a limit on the time she could fight for the money she was/is owed? She has never remarried.

I do not believe there is a time limit in which one can demand past alimony. However she should be prepared to give a good reason why she has not made such demand for 15 years. At some time there is a concept of “latches” in which one loses one’s right to demand payment.

Good luck!

Leonard M. Weiner, Esq./Divorce Solutions