Spousal support

When Does Spousal Support End?

In an Ohio divorce, a judge may order temporary spousal support or a more long-term form of support. Depending on the type of spousal support you were awarded, the end date may differ. If you were awarded temporary spousal support during your divorce, this form of support will typically end once your divorce is finalized. Continue reading to learn more about other types of spousal support and when they may end.

How Long Does Spousal Support Last?

The length of spousal support is left to a judge’s discretion and, when rendering such a decision, several factors will be examined. It is rare for a judge to order indefinite spousal support. If awarded this type of support, it may end when the receiving spouse gets remarried or when either spouse dies. It is also possible for a judge to order spousal support that has a specified end date.

For example, during your divorce, a judge may order support to be paid for 5 years, after which it would terminate. It is far more common for a judge to order spousal support with a specific termination date than it is to order indefinite support. Support that has a specified end date is usually designed to give the supported spouse time to acquire the training or education necessary to become self-sufficient.

That said, even if your spousal support order has a specified end date, certain life events can bring it to an end. As we noted earlier, the death of either spouse or the remarriage of the receiving spouse can terminate spousal support. Additionally, if the receiving spouse cohabitates with a new partner, spousal support may also end.

Spousal support may also be decreased or increased if either party’s circumstances significantly changed, such as the loss of a job or the development of a disability.

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