Final spousal support:
In order to get Final Periodic Support, a spouse has to prove: (1) that he or she is free from fault prior to the filing of a proceeding to terminate the marriage; and (2) that he or she is in need of support.
This type of spousal support may last for a significant amount of time, although it is subject to reduction or termination in the event of a change in the circumstances of either spouse. This kind of support usually involves payments that are less than the amount paid for interim spousal support. Its goal is to meet only the basic needs of a former spouse.
Final periodic spousal support is limited, by law, to no more than one-third of the payor spouse’s net income. Even if a former spouse can prove that he or she was without fault, an award of support is not automatic. Even if an award is made, it may not be permanent. Courts may limit the duration of an award.