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If she was given a permanent award of spousal support, then yes it is possible that you can end up paying through your pension proceeds. In California it can be agreed that long term spousal support is not subject to modification, which means that changes in circumstances will not affect the support obligations.
So to answer your question you need to review your support orders. If they are non-modifiable and permanent, this means you have agreed to pay indefinitely and the amount is not subject to modification.
If modification is permitted (again it would say in the divorce agreement), then you can file for modification. Retirement is usually grounds for modification, this does not necessarily mean support will be terminated, but rather reduced to your current level of income.
So yes, to answer your question what you have been told is correct. You can still be responsible to pay spousal support if the terms of your divorce agreement provide that support continue unless modification is permitted.
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