Spousal or partner support refers to payments that one party makes to the other when a couple separates or divorces. One party can apply for this support as part of divorce, annulment or legal separation proceedings, or the party could apply as part of a restraining order connected with domestic violence. The court may grant a temporary support order that will last until the court date, when they could issue a long-term order after considering all of the facts in the case.
California residents who are paying spousal or partner support after a divorce might need to modify or end a spousal support order if circumstances change. There are a variety of reasons for deciding to modify or end a spousal support order, and it is recommended that the changes be made as soon as possible, as judges are not allowed to date the order retroactively when they sign it.