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What happens to spousal maintenance after you retire? If you are the person paying maintenance, it would be wrong for you to assume that your maintenance payments will end when you retire. You can terminate maintenance payments only when: You reach the agreed termination date A significant decrease in your income or increase in the recipient’s income makes it appropriate to end payments The recipient remarries The recipient fails to make an effort to become self-supporting Retirement may give you grounds to decrease your maintenance payments, but terminating payments is unlikely. There are several factors that determine whether and how… Continue Reading Reducing Spousal Maintenance Payments During Retirement