Can the Spouses Agree on Spousal Maintenance Between Themselves?

Yes, they can. The parties are encouraged to come to agreement on matters of spousal maintenance between themselves. The parties can agree on a spouse’s right to receive support, the duration of support, the amount of support, whether support may be modified or not, and when support will terminate or the event upon which it will terminate (such as remarriage). All things considered, it is often better for the spouses to negotiate their property and spousal maintenance awards between themselves, rather than leave those matters to the broad discretion of the court.