I’m divorced, I live in California, I pay alimony. I’d like to give my ex-spouse a lump-sum final payment and be done with my spousal support. Background here*.
I have a Marriage Separation Agreement in California, basically a court order, that says I need to pay support for so many months. I want to hand this person a check and have them sign something I can enter into the record (if there is a later disagreement) that says “yup, I was paid everything under that agreement, signed ex-spouse!” .
My parents were lawyers, one of them a divorce lawyer, so I’m not unfamiliar with contracts and such. Anybody want to give a shot at recommended verbage for that document?
I was thinking something like,
“I, <ex-spouse> upon receipt of x $ agree that this terminates n months of spousal support agreed upon by <ex-spouse> and <me> on <x-date, x-year> entered in CA court case # <case#>, signed <ex-spouse>”. Basically it should be written as an addenda to the court order I guess? I’m looking at my stamped MSA and have the case number and other info handy.
*I have 10 monthly payments left. Ex has lost the support check twice, then found it both times after some hassles and bank nonsense. Now says it’s ‘late’ again. I’m waiting to hear today if I need to reissue a check, but I want to be done with this. After the first two times I started hand-delivering checks, but that’s no longer feasible because of distance. I’ve looked into doing my monthlies electronically but that’s not feasible because reasons. Yes, I’d rather hang onto 10 mo’s of support payments incrementally, but me+ex will be in-person at the end of the month so this is an opportunity to take a different approach if I want to do that.