Spousal support does not necessarily terminate upon the retirement of the paying party. An award of spousal support is generally created in one of two ways, either by agreement by the parties or by a judge after a trial.
If you reach an agreement with your spouse, you could have as part of that agreement that spousal support will terminate upon your retirement. Alternatively, you could agree that it will be reduced upon your retirement. If the award is created by the judge, then you will be bound by his decision. However, at trial, you could put these requests before the court in an effort to have him rule in your favor.
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