On form FL-343 (part of Order After Hearing) proposed by my wife’s attorney, THE COURT ORDERS in box 6a that: respondent (me) must pay to the petitioner (her) as (box checked for) temporary (box checked for) spousal support $650 per month, beginning (date): 8/15/2018, payable through (specify end date): (this is left blank) payable on the (specify): 50% on 1st and 15th day of each month. (box checked for) Other (specify): Such support shall be modified downwards to $450 per month beginning January 1, 2019, in light of the parties’ child’s age and Respondent no longer taking a dependency deduction in 2019. Box 6b is also checked, and this is where I am confused and believe opposing counsel is trying to pull one over on me and have the judge sign it – this box states: The support payor’s obligation to pay support will terminate on the death of either party, remarriage, or registration of a new domestic partnership of the support payee. This statement does not sound like it coincides with “temporary spousal support” but to perpetual alimony reserved only for the actual dissolution of the marriage. I don’t believe OPC should be able to check box 6b for temporary support.
In my opinion, the wording currently in 6b shouldn't be in 6b but should include "until further order from the court" which allows the court to terminate support. If you have a long-term marriage (over 10 years) then the court cannot terminate without agreement from both parties.
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