When a couple decides to end their marriage, one of the items the court may rule on is spousal support. Also known as alimony, spousal support is a payment made by one party to the other when a couple divorces.
In North Dakota, spousal support can be terminated on a number of grounds. Here are some of them:
When the intended purpose has been realized
North Dakota has provisions for temporary spousal support. As the name suggests, this is not meant to last forever. A court can award it when one party needs financial help to get by while the divorce process is underway. Temporary spousal support ends once the divorce is finalized.
The same principle applies to rehabilitative spousal support. This type of payment is intended to help the receiving party acquire the skill or work experience they require to enable them to become self-supporting after the divorce. This, too, should end once its goal has been realized.
When the receiving party cohabits or remarries
Occasionally a judge may award spousal support for a longer period, yet this is less common these days. If the receiving party enters into a marriage or cohabitation with another party, this could be a reason for payments could end.
Spousal support tends to be a contentious issue in most divorce cases. If you are unhappy at having to continue making payments, you cannot just decide to stop. Doing so could cause further legal problems. You need to seek advice on how to present your request to a court.