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Can I Get Spousal Maintenance?


As a divorce attorney and mediator for over 35 years, I have received lots of questions about divorce. There are so many issues that must be handled when a couple decides to file for divorce.

One issue that many divorcing couples are forced to address during the divorce process includes spousal maintenance, which is the money paid to a spouse for support following a divorce. The amount and length of spousal maintenance is determined by assessing numerous factors, including the following:

· Length of Marriage

In most cases, a longer marriage will result in a longer spousal maintenance award, if one is awarded by the court. This can increase if the requesting spouse stayed home with a child, during the marriage, and has therefore earned less than the other spouse.

· Health and Age of Spouses

If a spouse is older or is experiencing health issues, they may be awarded a larger spousal maintenance award. Courts may evaluate this form of maintenance by assessing medical records and other information.

· Property and Income of Both Spouses

New York state courts will consider the various properties owned by each spouse. If the spouse seeking maintenance is to receive a significant amount of the marital property, the spouse seeking maintenance may receive a smaller award.

· The Future and Present Earning Capacity of Each Spouse

The court will assess the current status of the spouse seeking maintenance and their ability to be self-sufficient. If that spouse is able to obtain education or employment to become self-supporting, maintenance may be provided for a shorter period of time.

· Training or Education Costs a Spouse May Need to Live Comfortably

If the court determines that the seeking spouse can become self-supporting after obtaining employment or an education, they may only award spousal support for a specific amount of time that allows the seeking person to obtain such. Additionally, the court may consider the amount that an education or training will cost when determining the amount of the spousal maintenance award.

· Equitable Distribution of the Couple’s Marital Property

In New York, courts ensure that marital property is distributed equitably. This means that each spouse may not receive exactly half of the assets. So, if one spouse is awarded the marital home, that spouse may be responsible for paying maintenance to pay off the other spouse’s home equity.

If you are concerned about whether you are entitled to spousal support, or what your spousal support payment may be based upon the guidelines, call me.

My many years of divorce experience is very effective when determining and negotiating what you will be entitled to, and how to get what you need whether by mediation or litigation.

Don’t hesitate to get more information about spousal support by calling me today 212.734.1551.

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