Utah court: Living with teen isn't cohabitation

October 24, 2011 - 6:25 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Supreme Court says a man must pay his ex-wife alimony, even though she was living with a teenager with whom she reportedly had a relationship.

Justices ruled Friday that the relationship between Becky Sue Myers and her parents' foster son is not comparable to marriage.

Myers was living in her parents' basement in 2007 while her parents were fostering the boy. Her ex-husband, Tracy Lynn Myers, claimed the arrangement qualifies as cohabitation and meant she shouldn't receive alimony.

The ex-husband claimed Myers and the teen had a sexual relationship, but there was never proof. Court documents don't indicate the teen's age.

A Utah district court agreed with the ex-husband, but the state appeals court overturned that ruling.

Supreme Court justices say cohabitation requires more than a sexual relationship.