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Can you ask the court to end your spousal support order?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Modifications

Spousal support is allowable in some divorces when one party requires financial assistance. The court takes care to award these payments in a way that will benefit everyone and not leave either party in a bad situation.

Texas law does give you the chance to end or modify your spousal support order if the need arises. In general, the order ends if you or your ex-spouse dies or if your former partner remarries or enters into a serious romantic relationship. You also may gain a termination if there is a change in financial situation for either of you.

Romantic relationship

If your former spouse has a serious relationship, you may request a hearing for the court to determine if that relationship voids your obligation to pay support. The court will look at the nature of the relationship, including whether they live together and share financial obligations. If the court determines the relationship is serious and they are acting as if in a marriage, then the judge may order an end to your spousal support.

Financial changes

If you or the other party has a significant change in finances, you can request a hearing to assess the situation. The court will consider where you are both with your finances. The judge will want to see that you can still afford to pay and that the need still exists for your former spouse. Do note that you will need to show a substantial change in your financial situation or that of your former spouse. The good news is that during modification, the judge cannot increase your support order more than the original order, but he or she can lower it.