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In New York, spousal support is the financial support that is provided by one spouse to the other when a divorce is pending. Spousal maintenance, otherwise known as alimony, is the financial support provided to a spouse after a divorce has been finalized. In any New York divorce case, courts will determine whether a spouse should receive spousal support or alimony. Courts look at the unique financial and other circumstances of the couple to determine this issue.

If you need legal assistance in establishing, contesting, enforcing, or modifying spousal support or spousal maintenance, you can obtain honest and effective help from Simon Law Group, PLLC. Our Suffolk County spousal support and alimony lawyer. Lance Simon, can give you a realistic assessment of where you stand and what your expectations should be. We will take the necessary legal steps to help you pursue a favorable outcome.

Talk to our Suffolk County spousal support attorney about your case during a free initial case evaluation by calling (631) 237-9525.

How Long Do You Have to be Married to Get Spousal Support in New York?

Generally, the duration of maintenance will largely depend on the length of the marriage. New York state law provides specific guidelines that set percentages on alimony or spousal support:

  • 15%-30% of the length of the marriage for those who lasted up to 15 years
  • 30%-40% of the length of the marriage for those who lasted between 15 & 20 years
  • 35%-59% of the length of the marriage for those who lasted more than 20 years

How is Alimony Calculated in New York?

Alimony payments are also calculated according to a formula based on an individual’s income, whether child support is being paid and whether the payor is the noncustodial parent. Alimony is usually established for a set number of years. Both spousal support and alimony are gender-neutral, meaning it may be paid to either a man or a woman.

How Long Does Temporary Spousal Support Last?

Temporary spousal support during the divorce action is usually established for an indefinite time period while the action is pending. It is designed to provide enough financial resources for the lower-earning or non-earning spouse to be able to move forward. Unless the court is asked to terminate or modify this support, it will continue until the divorce is finalized. Under New York law, the amount set by the court is determined by a mathematical formula based on income.

Courts will review up to 20 factors in making a decision as to whether support should be awarded. Some of these factors include:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s earnings
  • Ages and health
  • The present and potential future earning power of each spouse
  • Whether a spouse needs to be educated or trained in order to become self-supporting
  • Whether domestic violence or other misconduct has occurred
  • Whether one spouse has contributed to the education, training, or other career advancement of the other

Spousal support and alimony can be complex issues, which is why it is vital to have the legal counsel available at Simon Law Group, PLLC. Our firm will work diligently on your behalf to help you achieve a fair and just resolution.

Reach out to our firm through our online request form or by calling (631) 237-9525 to speak with a Suffolk County Alimony Lawyer.

Meet Our Attorney

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    Lance Simon

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    Attorney Lance Simon founded Simon Law Group, PLLC in Suffolk County, New York in 2011. Having been through two divorces himself and witnessing the toll it took on his children, he started his firm in the hopes of helping others cope with similarly difficult situations. Lance always strives to be straightforward, compassionate, and respectful to his clients while aggressively fighting for them in their time of need. Lance began serving others long before he began practicing law in 2008. He ...
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