Alimony & Spousal Support in New York
Alimony, sometimes referred to as maintenance or spousal support, is a payment that is awarded to one spouse during and / or after the completion of a divorce proceeding. These payments are made available to ensure that the receiving spouse is able to live and maintain a lifestyle that is similar or equal to the life that he or she was used to when the couple was married. In most cases, spouses who do not have a prenuptial agreement will be required to confront this particularly touchy divorce topic with the assistance of an attorney. At The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend, I can provide you with information regarding alimony and receiving, maintaining and adjusting payments over time.
Each spousal support situation is done on a case-by-case basis, and no two cases are ever alike. Based on the income of the couple, the ability for one spouse to maintain or obtain income, and the length of the divorce, each case will vary. Family law courts often take the following circumstances into consideration when determining temporary maintenance:
- Standard of living
- Length of the marriage
- History of domestic violence
- Marital property
- Children and child-related costs
- Contributions each spouse made to the marriage
Maintenance payments can be temporary or permanent, but once a court decision has been made, both spouses must comply until the completion or expiration of their court orders. An attorney can help modify payments in the future, but legal assistance at the beginning of a case can help eliminate the need for modifications at a later time.
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If you are facing divorce and have questions or concerns regarding your situation, do not hesitate to work with my firm. Whether you are the receiving or paying spouse, alimony can be a cause for stress and confusion. The laws governing family law and divorce issues can be difficult to navigate, and you deserve to be represented by an experienced and understanding professional. I encourage you to contact The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend to see how retaining me as your Bronx divorce attorney can make all the difference in your case. Schedule your free case evaluation today!