Spousal maintenance is awarded as a:
Fixed-term (which can be extended in rare circumstances)
Spouses’ joint lives, meaning until either the payee or payer dies
At any point during the maintenance term, either party can apply to the court to vary the amount or have it stopped.
The spousal maintenance can be varied if there is a change in circumstance of either the payee or payer i.e. illness, redundancy, a reduction in income.
If the payee remarries, spousal maintenance stops automatically.
Can you stop or change spousal maintenance?
A maintenance order can be varied or dismissed by the courts on a change in circumstances including loss of a job, change in earnings or changes to the maintenance payee circumstances including new employment or living with a partner. This is not automatic and an application must be made to the court.