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New York City Family Law Attorneys Assisting With Spousal Support

Divorce can significantly reduce some people’s income. When that happens, one spouse may request spousal support payments to maintain the same standard of living they had during their marriage. On the other hand, life can change fast for either spouse. Whether one loses a job or the other gets remarried, that may require both parties to reevaluate their current spousal support agreement.

The lawyers at Fersch LLC can help facilitate and advocate for spouses’ needs regarding spousal support and help them seek a desirable agreement or resolution.

What Does Spousal Support Look Like In New York?

Spousal Maintenance is the payment of money from one spouse to another during a physical separation or during and/or following a divorce. New York state family courts and the state Supreme Court have jurisdiction over spousal support orders. Additionally, New York has newly enacted formulas within the domestic relation law to help courts more accurately determine an appropriate amount of monthly spousal maintenance people should pay or receive. The amount you can expect to pay or receive can be addressed during a consultation with a lawyer at Fersch LLC.

What Can People Use Spousal Support Payments For?

What people can use spousal support for typically depends on the support a judge issues. For example, suppose a court orders someone to pay rehabilitative alimony. In that case, these payments can financially support a spouse returning to school to train for a career that will increase their earning potential. If a judge orders a spouse to pay permanent alimony, on the other hand, that means that the paying spouse will have to make payments to the receiving spouse to help cover their expenses because they are unable to work due to age or because of a disability for the rest of the receiving spouse’s life.

How Long Do Spouses Have To Pay Spousal Support In New York?

The duration of spousal support that a spouse must pay is determined by a percentage of the length of the marriage, which is established as guidelines under the Domestic Relations Law. In general, the longer the marriage, the longer the recommended duration of spousal support.

Work With An Experienced NYC Spousal Support Attorney

Like child support, spousal support agreements, payments, and modifications can be some of the most contentious aspects of the divorce process. However, spouses can stand a better chance at advocating for their needs, goals, and interests with help from experienced New York City family law attorneys. We can evaluate your situation and help you determine a practical course of action. Call 212-422-2660 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation today.