Paul C. Buttigieg and Robert A. Fernandes, for appellant.
Herschel I. Fogelman and Erin L. Chaiton-Murray, for
The judgment of the court was delivered by
SIMMONS J.A.: —
 The issues on appeal relate to orders made on a change
motion brought by the wife after the husband accepted an early
retirement package from his employer.
 The first issue concerns whether the motion judge erred in
terminating the child support payable for the parties’ youngest
 The second issue concerns whether the motion judge erred
in determining the additional spousal support payable to the
wife based on the husband’s increased income due to receiving
an early pension payout.
 The parties married in 1984 and separated in 2007, after
almost 23 years of marital cohabitation. They have three children,
born in January 1987, June 1989 and January 1992, respectively.
The marriage was a traditional marriage, in which the wife
stopped working shortly before the first child was born and thereafter remained in the home to care for the children and manage
 In June 2008, the parties entered into a separation agreement. Among other things, the separation agreement provided that
the husband would pay child support to the wife until “one” of certain specified events occurred with respect to any of the children.
 The separation agreement also provided that the husband
would pay spousal support to the wife, subject to variation based
on a material change in circumstances, which could include an
increase in the husband’s income beyond $145,000, a change in
the number of children being supported or the husband’s “
cessation of employment prior to age 65”.
 In August 2012, at the age of 53, the husband accepted
an early retirement package from his employer under which he
resigned from his employment and elected to receive the commuted value of his pension, totalling $1,943,000.07 including
interest,1 payable in six instalments on September 1 of each
1 Based on the pension statement the husband received from his employer,
it appears that the “immediate settlement” commuted value of the pension