Spousal Maintenance

New York City Spousal Maintenance Attorney

Representing clients addressing New York alimony

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is intended to help a lower-income spouse avoid the financial hardship of divorce, help he or she become self-supporting, and generally prevent any economic advantage or disadvantage caused by the breakdown of the marriage. Spousal maintenance can be a hotly contested issue in a divorce. A couple often disagrees with what the other believes they deserve. While one believes that they have worked harder for the family and the other deserves less, the other spouse may have worked harder maintaining the home and believes that they deserve more than the other is willing to give. This is often the crux of the matter. Courts will take many factors into consideration when deciding on a fair and just support structure. When New York clients need an effective legal team to represent them in a contested divorce based on spousal maintenance, they turn to The Levoritz Law Group. Contact our firm for a confidential consultation.

Determining temporary spousal maintenance in New York

Determining alimony is a multifaceted process. For one, the court will follow a formula that calculates the basis of the reward. Temporary maintenance may be awarded during the duration of the case and decided on by a judge. Once the case is over, it will be up to the court to decide what degree of permanent maintenance should be awarded. If you are interested in calculating what your temporary maintenance payments could be, please follow the links below:

Temporary Spousal Maintenance Calculator

Permanent spousal maintenance in New York

Permanent maintenance may be awarded as an order in the divorce decree. There are many factors that will normally impact an alimony structure. The formula used to be based on the “cap” of $543,000 which changed in 2015 to $175,000. Above that is a matter of the court’s discretion. Furthermore, other factors can impact the decision of a fair and just spousal maintenance structure, including the duration of the marriage:

  • Up to 15 years: maintenance could be awarded for 15 to 30% of the duration
  • 16 to 20 years: maintenance could be awarded between 30 to 50% of the duration
  • 20 years or more: maintenance could be awarded between 35 to 50% of the duration

Permanent Spousal Maintenance Calculator

Other factors that impact permanent spousal maintenance in New York

There are numerous other factors that will impact the decision, including:

  • Income and property
  • Child support obligations
  • Child custody arrangements
  • Age of the parties
  • Health of the parties
  • Earning capacity
  • The need for education or training of the dependent spouse
  • Deferred life goals of the dependent spouse
  • Tax consequences
  • Caring for family members

Though it seems straightforward, much of this is not. Judges will use these factors to guide them towards a fair and just structure. There are other factors that can change the award for alimony as well, including economic fault. It is important for people to understand that, for the most part, fault grounds will have little to no impact on the alimony decision.

Contact a New York City Alimony Attorney

Let the team of skilled attorneys at The Levoritz Law Group safeguard your rights regarding spousal maintenance. Courts use the payer’s income to determine the amount you receive, and some ex-spouses have been known to cheat on their taxes, use cash-based businesses, or conceal assets to make their income appear lower. If you suspect this to be the case in your situation, we have investigators that work around the world looking for hidden assets and income. Our attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and tenacity to advocate for you and strive for a spousal maintenance arrangement that maintains your quality of life. For a consultation, contact The Levoritz Law Group.