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When does spousal support end after a divorce?

On Behalf of | Nov 18, 2021 | Family Law

When you go through a divorce and realize that you may have to pay your spouse support, it can be extremely frustrating. While you understand that they need support for one reason or another, the reality is that having to pay support does keep you tied to your ex-spouse well into the future.

For many people, the first question that they ask is how long this support has to last. The length of time that you’ll pay support will depend on many factors, such as the length of your marriage, your earning capacity and the earning capacity of your spouse. The thing to note, though, is that you do have several times when you can ask to modify or stop payments.

When can you stop paying spousal support after a divorce?

In the Code of Virginia, it states that maintenance and support for a spouse may be changed or terminated when:

  • The ex-spouse receiving support has been regularly living with another person in a relationship analogous to marriage for at least a year
  • There has been a significant material change in the circumstances of the parties, such as one person losing their job or the other being able to support themselves due to a financial windfall
  • The ex-spouse receiving support gets remarried
  • The agreed-upon time for support has passed
  • Either party passes away

These and other reasons may make it possible to end spousal support payments, but it’s important to note that the court has the option to modify or end support at its discretion. Please continue to review our website for more information on spousal support and when it may be stopped.