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NYC Spousal Support Lawyer

By Spodek Law Group | July 17, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 15, 2023)

Last Updated on: 15th October 2023, 01:23 pm

NYC Spousal Support Lawyer: What You Need To Know

Going through a divorce in New York City can be complicated, especially when it comes to spousal support (also known as alimony or maintenance). This article breaks down the basics of what you need to know about spousal support in NYC.

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support is money paid by one spouse to the other after divorce. The purpose is to financially support the lower-earning spouse for a period of time until they can become self-sufficient. Key facts:

  • Not guaranteed – awarded based on circumstances
  • Men or women can receive it
  • Called “maintenance” in NY, but also referred to as alimony or spousal support
  • Different from child support

When is it Awarded in NYC?

There’s no set formula. The court looks at the couple’s overall situation, including:

  • One spouse gave up career for family
  • One spouse supported the other’s education/business
  • Big income disparity between spouses
  • Health issues limiting earning ability
  • Age limiting re-entering workforce

The goal is to allow both spouses to maintain a similar lifestyle, at least temporarily.

How is the Amount Determined?

Many factors determine the amount and duration, including:

  • Income and assets of each spouse
  • Length of marriage
  • Age and health of spouses
  • One spouse’s need for education/training
  • Whether one spouse sacrificed their career
  • Standard of living during marriage
  • Custody of young children
  • Domestic abuse affecting earning ability
  • Contributions as spouse/parent/wage-earner
  • Tax consequences

Formulas calculate temporary and post-divorce amounts based on income, marriage length, taxes, etc. But judges still have flexibility based on case details.

Types of Spousal Support

  • Temporary – Short-term during divorce process
  • Rehabilitative – For job training, education, medical treatment
  • Permanent – Ongoing, no end date, for older or ill spouses
  • Durational – For set time period after divorce, very common
  • Lump Sum – One-time total payment, less common

Duration of Support

For durational maintenance, standard durations are:

  • Up to 15 years married – 15-30% of marriage length
  • 15-20 years married – 30-40% of marriage length
  • Over 20 years married – 35-50% of marriage length

Support ends upon remarriage or death. Permanent maintenance is less common.

Negotiating Outside of Court

Many NYC couples reach agreement on support out of court. This can save legal costs but must follow all guidelines.

Getting Help

Consult an experienced NYC divorce and family law attorney for help understanding your options and rights regarding spousal support.


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