A spouse can buyout maintenance.  This buyout may be part of the property settlement that would increase the property received by the spouse seeking maintenance.  Before offering a buyout of maintenance, a spouse most consider the present value of the money and the tax consequences.  The value of a dollar today is probably worth more than the value of a dollar tomorrow.  As a result, a buyout of maintenance will generally be less than the total value of maintenance paid over the long term.