What should I know about ending spousal support?
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What should I know about ending spousal support?

Spousal support is not a guarantee in any divorce. However, if the court awarded it in your case and you are paying it, then you should understand how to end it.

The California Courts explain your spousal support order may have a set end date or it may not. Even if you have an order with an end date, you may have certain circumstances that allow you to end your obligation. If you have an end date and that date comes, you do not need to do anything. In all other cases, you will need to petition the court.

Change in circumstances

The main reason to ask to end support payments is a significant change in your life or the life of your former spouse. For example, if either of you has a major change in income or financial situation, it could prompt the court to make changes or end the spousal support obligation.

Another common circumstance is the remarriage of your former spouse. This is one thing within the law that allows for ending a support order.

Other issues

Depending on your order or agreement, there may be other circumstances that could end your order. For example, if your order requires your former spouse to work towards being self-sufficient and he or she is not doing that, then the court may end the support obligation.

Important notes

You should continue following the order you have until you get a new one from a judge. If you stop paying, you will go into arrears, which can cause additional issues for you.

Also, you should ask for a modification as soon as you know about the changes. The court will not go back and retroactively change the order.

Finally, even if the court ends your obligation, you will still need to pay any back support you owe.


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