Spousal Support, which is also known as Spousal Maintenance and which was formerly called Alimony, is the monthly payment at a set and designated amount by one former spouse to the other in order to assist the recipient provide for his/her reasonable needs (i.e. living expenses).
There are three types of spousal support:
Judges are empowered to order the payment of either open-ended or limited duration support, but not contractual, which can only be arrived at through agreement of the parties.
Open-ended maintenance is always subject to modification if there is a substantial and continuing change in circumstances, while the judge has the discretion to decide if a limited duration support order will be subject to modification or not. Contractual maintenance is not subject to modification, unless the parties themselves agree to modify it.