Spousal Maintenance in New York

Long Island Spousal Maintenance Attorney Explains Court-Ordered Payments

During and after a divorce, one spouse may be required to make monetary payments to the other spouse. These payments - which are referred to as spousal maintenance or spousal support - were designed to ensure a spouse has sufficient income to maintain the pre-marital standard of living and to become self-supporting.
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How Does Maintenance Work in New York?

According to New York State law, the court may award spousal maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support, to the lesser-monied or non-monied spouse during and following a divorce. The court will first apply the maintenance guidelines formula, and then will decide whether to deviate from that formula based on certain circumstances. In addition, the court will then determine how long maintenance will be paid, based on how long it will take the spouse to be self-supporting.

How Is Maintenance Calculated in New York?

Like child support, there is a formula for determining how much a person will pay in maintenance—the maintenance guidelines amount. Once the guideline amount is calculated, then the court may determine whether to deviate from the formula based on numerous circumstances, including but not limited to;

  • The length of the marriage
  • The standard of living the couple shared during the marriage
  • Each spouse's current income or earning capacity
  • Each spouse's vocational skills and his or her ability to earn an income
  • Whether one spouse stayed home during the marriage to take care of the children
  • Each spouse's assets and debts
  • The age of each spouse
  • The physical and mental health of each spouse

You should ask your attorney to review the probability of paying or receiving maintenance and for what length of time.

Need a Lawyer for Your Divorce Case in Long Island?

At Samuelson Hause & Samuelson, LLP, an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer can provide you with dedicated legal counsel to ensure you are not receiving or paying an unreasonable amount in maintenance. We have extensive experience in this area of divorce law and are committed to using our resources and legal knowledge to help our clients resolve their spousal support cases to provide them with financial security.

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