Spousal support — commonly referred to as alimony — may seem like a relic of the past. But here in New York, courts continue to recognize the value and importance of this financial tool. At its core, spousal support (or spousal maintenance) is meant to ensure that neither spouse is financially devastated due to divorce. It is also a way to recognize the fact that contributions to family life are not always monetary but are nonetheless valuable (such as the spouse who foregoes a career in order to be a stay-at-home parent).
That being said, it is critical to award spousal support appropriately and to make sure that the amount is fair to both the recipient and the payer. When you hire the Law Office of Nicholas P. Barone, our attorneys will work closely with you to ensure that your needs and interests are vigorously represented in any discussions about financial support, including spousal maintenance.
Considerations In Awarding Spousal Support
Courts do not automatically award permanent alimony — nor do they adhere to a strict formula for payment amounts. Instead, they consider a variety of factors, including:
- How long the couple was married
- Each spouse’s contributions to the marriage and family
- The age and overall health of each spouse
- The earning capacity of the spouse seeking support (now and in the future)
Spousal support can be awarded on a temporary basis, and there are income-based formulas used to determine support amounts. In such cases, it is critical to give the court an accurate financial picture to ensure that you are paying or receiving the appropriate amount of maintenance.
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