There’s quite a bit of confusion over what is considered “temporary”
and “permanent” when we’re talking about spousal support.
After you read this post, you’ll see why people are confused. I’ll
see if I can straighten things out a bit.
Temporary Spousal Support is support that a spouse may be able to obtain from another higher earning
spouse, between the time a petition for dissolution of marriage is filed
(a request for divorce) and the time a final judgment is entered in the
case. Such arrangements are usually established in a settlement agreement
(a stipulated judgment) or a judgment by trial. Temporary Spousal Support
can also be obtained while an action for legal separation is pending.
Permanent Spousal Support is an award for support of the lower earning spouse, either by stipulated
judgment or by final judgment following trial.
Ironically, “permanent” spousal support is often not permanent
and “temporary” spousal support can often be quite long term
and in some cases can drag on for years. Better names for these types
of support would be
Pending Trial Spousal Support and
Post Trial Spousal Support.