My sister got divorced from her husband in 1998 (he served the papers). Does he have to pay her alimony for the balance of her life? He stopped paying in 2006 claiming she was "misusing" the money. He was paying half the mortgage on her house, and then upon stopping payment, my folks were forced to pay the whole thing. It's a friend of mine's contention, that she must receive alimony as long as she's alive or hasn't remarried and can use the alimony for whatever she wants.