Bronx Alimony / Spousal Support Attorney

When you work with my firm, you can be confident that your case is in good hands. I have been serving the Bronx area since 1989 and I am proud to have an in-depth and up-to-date understanding of the various New York and federal laws governing family law matters and divorce. If you are considering filing a petition for a family law concern, do not hesitate to retain me as your NYC spousal support lawyer. I can help guide you through the process of alimony in New York.

NYC Spousal Support Attorney

New York Alimony Attorney Helping With Spousal Support Matters

Wondering how to get alimony 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 to ensure that the receiving spouse can maintain a lifestyle that is similar to one 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 a Bronx alimony attorney.

At The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend, the New York spousal support lawyer from my firm can provide you with information regarding alimony and receiving, maintaining and adjusting payments over time.


Don't hesitate to contact my firm if you have questions or need legal assistance from the NYC spousal support attorney at my firm.


How Does the Court Calculate Alimony in New York?

Each spousal support situation in New York is evaluated 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:

  • Income
  • Standard of living
  • Length of the marriage
  • History of domestic violence
  • Marital property
  • Taxes
  • Children and child-related costs
  • Insurance
  • 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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When Would Alimony Be Awarded in NY Divorce?

Every state has rules on how to decide whether to award alimony. In New York, the divorce judge uses a specific formula to calculate the amount that will be paid during or after a divorce. Judges may change the amount for the order if they think that the amount based on the calculation is unfair based on a variety of considerations. In the end, the family court’s goal is to help both spouses live a similar lifestyle as they did before the marriage.

Types of Spousal Support in New York

In New York, the types of spousal support that may be awarded are:

  • Temporary Maintenance -- also known as “alimony pendente lite” this is paid while the divorce is in progress. When the judge makes a final order of divorce, the temporary maintenance will end or a Permanent Support amount will be decided.
  • Rehabilitative Maintenance -- temporary alimony commonly awarded after divorce. Typically awarded if one spouse does not have job skills or education to acquire a job and support. themselves. 
  • Permanent Support -- typically effective after the divorce is finalized. How long this type of spousal maintenance is effective is based on a variety of factors, such as how long the marriage was for. This type of alimony is typically awarded for long marriages, if there is a big difference between each spouses’ income, or if one spouse is unable to work.

Does Spousal Support in New York Automatically End?

The circumstances of your divorce determine the duration of your alimony. In New York, spousal maintenance can be durational or nondurational. Durational maintenance is effective for a specific period of time, while nondurational support is permanent. It does not end unless one of the spouses passes away, the spouse who is receiving support remarries, or the spouse who is receiving support lives with another partner who is represented as a spouse.

Contact a Trusted New York Alimony Attorney Today

If you are facing divorce and have questions or concerns regarding your alimony 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 New York alimony attorney can make all the difference in your case.

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