As a divorce attorney and psychologically-trained mediator for over 35
years, the question of spousal support comes up often in connection with
a divorce. Does someone need, and are they entitled to, spousal support
(formerly "alimony") for a period of time.
Spousal support can be an important part of any divorce or legal separation.
In a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce, this issue will need
to be addressed if one party earns more than the other. You will need
a divorce attorney/mediator who will be able to use experience, persistence,
and dedication in order to successfully represent you and get you the
spousal support to which you are entitled.
When two people get married, they establish a way of living. When a couple
divorces after creating a certain lifestyle, the law seeks to help the
dependent spouse maintain his way of living through spousal support. Spousal
support should provide sufficient income for the dependent spouse to live
within the established marital means to which they have become accustomed
until the dependent spouse is able to support him or herself.
The factors considered for spousal support include:
1. Income and property of the couple
2. Length of the marriage
3. Age and health of both parties
4. Earning capacity of the couple
5. Presence of children of the marriage
6. Assets and debts of the parties
7. Any special needs of the parties
8. The opportunity of the parties to acquire future income or assets;
9. Distribution of marital property
10. The wasteful dissipation of assets and other statutory considerations.
New York State now has guidelines used by judges and lawyers to help determine
the amount and length of spousal support.
Sometimes a couple will agree that instead of paying or receiving support,
there will be a lump sum property settlement, which has different tax
implications. These days “alimony” is meant to be rehabilitative
The issue of support can be an emotional one, which calls for some flexibility
in the characterization of money transfers.
If you are divorcing or separating, you need to know the possibilities.
Let me help you get the spousal support you deserve!
I will guide you using my many years of experience as a divorce attorney
and mediator to get you the best results!
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I look forward to helping you obtain spousal support.
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For all your spousal support needs call New York Divorce Lawyer Lois Brenner
and schedule your FREE consultation. Call 212.734.1551.