Ncgs 50-16.9

Cohabitation is defined as holding yourself out in a marriage like relationship. You do not necessarily have to be living together, if you are spending a lot of time together, doing things marriage people usually do, sharing finances, working on your household together, then a court may determine that you are cohabitating.

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Can you please clarify this statute as it pertains to alimony? If a divorced party receiving support has a relationship with someone who spends most nights at his/her house, yet maintains their own residence, is that grounds for termination of alimony? I guess I am simply wondering what legally constitutes “cohabitation”, and how this statute has been applied in practice. Thanks for your help.