Spousal Support / Maintenance

Spousal Support & Maintenance or as previously known as "Alimony"

            When a marriage is no longer working and divorce is agreed upon, one of the most imperative aspects of the proceeding legal actions is alimony, or spousal support. A monetary payment from one spouse to the other, it ensures that both parties can continue to live their same lifestyles following separation. This necessary step in rebuilding one’s life following divorce is something we can help you with.

            There are a number of factors that determine the duration and amount of spousal support that will be granted. Should the court decide that one party is at a disadvantage and in need of alimony, the unique order of spousal support will be based on the following:

•   The income and occupation of each party

•   Each person’s age, and physical and mental health

•   An account of the behavior and conduct upheld by each partner while married

•   The length of the marriage

•   The care of the children

•   Debts and assets accumulated throughout the marriage

•   Anticipated incomes of both parties

Once each party’s history and financial status has been analyzed, one of four types of alimony may be awarded:

•   Temporary: also known as “pendente lite” maintenance, is paid by the higher earning spouse to the lower earning one while the divorce is still in progress, and ends once a judge issues a final order of maintenance

•   Permanent: one party will pay the other alimony indefinitely for the purpose of providing basic needs such as housing and food, that is until a financial change occurs

•   Rehabilitative: alimony will be supplied so that the recipient may support themselves while obtaining an education or beginning a new career

•   Restitution: this is a temporary form of repayment, for having been given financial support to complete vocational training and education


Whether the divorce is contested or uncontested is a key element in deterring alimony and will be determinant of financial support received.

FAQs Addressed by our Attorneys with high success rate and experience in this 

How long do you have to be married to get spousal support in New York?

for marriages that lasted more than 15 years to 20 years, support should last 30%-40% of the length of the marriage, or. for marriages more than 20 years in duration, the court should order support to last between 35%-50% of the length of the marriage.

What is reasonable spousal support?

Spousal support, sometimes known as alimony, is a form of financial support awarded to one spouse after a divorce. ... It is therefore reasonable to expect the beneficiary spouse to compensate the sacrificing spouse through payments of alimony in reasonable amounts and for a reasonable time.

What are the laws of alimony?

Alimony law provides the rules for awarding financial support to one spouse following a divorce or separation. The purpose of alimony is to avoid unfairness. When a couple parts ways, the court will divide their marital property in an equitable manner, but this may not be enough to avoid an unjust result.

How do you fight spousal support?

  1. Avoid Paying It In the First Place. ...

  2. Prove Your Spouse Was Adulterous. ...

  3. Change Up Your Lifestyle. ...

  4. End the Marriage ASAP. ...

  5. Keep Tabs on Your Spouse's Relationship.

  6. Have A Judge Evaluate Your Spouse’s Fitness to Work

  7. Prove They Don’t Need It

  8. Your Spouse May Not Get Alimony If They Don’t Have Custody

  9. Put an End Date on Alimony Payments

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Do I have to support my wife during separation?

If you're in the process of filing for divorce, you may be entitled to, or obligated to pay, temporary alimony while legally separated. In many instances, one spouse may be entitled to temporary support during the legal separation to pay for essential monthly expenses such as housing, food and other necessities.

Can spousal support be reinstated?

Once spousal support is terminated, it cannot be reinstated. If the recipient desires an extension of alimony, he or she must request a modification before the agreement expires. If the payor proves one of the automatic termination conditions, support ceases permanently.tial monthly expenses such as housing, food and other necessities.

What is a wife entitled to in a separation?

What Rights do Spouses Have During Separation? In a legal separation proceeding, a court can decide matters such as child custody and support, alimony and property division. However, as stated above, the spouses will remain legally married and cannot remarry unless and until they get a divorce.

What is the difference between alimony and spousal maintenance?

Alimony is a dated legal term that refers to “a husband's or wife's provision for a spouse after separation or divorce.” Simply put, it's a maintenance payment. ... Spousal support is a gender-neutral term that refers to “payment for support of an ex-spouse (or a spouse while a divorce is pending) ordered by the court.”

How do I stop paying spousal support?

  1. Check what your agreement or order says. Check to see if your separation agreement or court order says when spousal support ends. ...

  2. Figure out if there has been a significant change. ...

  3. Talk to your partner. ...

  4. Contact the Family Responsibility Office. ...

  5. Go to court to end spousal support.

Are separate bank accounts marital property?

With certain exceptions, property acquired by either spouse during the marriage is considered marital property. ... Thus, your bank account could be considered as either separate or marital property depending on the source of the money in the account.

Can your wife take half of your business?

However, your wife's interest in your business interest does not translate into ownership or equity. A family court does not exercise jurisdiction over the company's management or inner workings. Your wife will not receive half of your ownership in the company but is entitled to half of your interest's value.

Is my wife entitled to half my savings?

The short answer is yes, under the presumption, you may be entitled to part of her savings. Things you brought to the marriage will generally leave with you, including the savings you brought, however there are exceptions depending on whether and how your assets were commingled.

Can a spouse withdraw money without permission?

As long as you are alive, your spouse will not be able to withdraw funds from that account. ... There are benefits to adding your spouse to your bank account, even though it offers full rights to withdraw the money without your permission. A joint account means your spouse can deposit and withdraw money for you.

Do stay at home moms get alimony?

On a long-term basis, alimony is typically only granted for spouses who were stay-at-home moms for a very long period of time. After such a time period, a judge may declare that the stay-at-home mom is past the point of being able to learn new skills or find gainful employment outside of the home.

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Spousal Support & Alimony

When a married couple gets a divorce, the court may award "alimony" or spousal support to one of the former spouses, based either on an agreement between the couple or a decision by the court itself. This is separate from the division of marital property and is decided on a case-by-case basis.