POUGHKEEPSIE ALIMONY LAWYER

Understanding Spousal Maintenance in New York

Spousal maintenance (also referred to as "spousal support" or "alimony") is an important issue in both contested and uncontested divorces. Sometimes a temporary spousal maintenance award is the only thing allowing the non-moneyed spouse to put food on the table. On the other hand, the moneyed spouse has legal rights and financial needs, too.

At The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC, we will listen to you, explain your legal options and give you a realistic expectation about the outcome of your case. Our Poughkeepsie alimony (maintenance) attorney maintains a thorough understanding of law and the judges throughout Hudson Valley.

Factors That May Affect Alimony Awards

In essence, temporary spousal maintenance is intended to help the non-moneyed spouse maintain his or her standard of living while he or she moves toward financial independence. In 2010, New York law changed, and the amount of this award is now based on a set formula.

However, the court has the authority to adjust the formula if certain factors render the result inappropriate or unfair. In such cases, the court will look at:

  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The age, health, earning capacity and education of both parties
  • The division of marital assets and debts and tax consequences
  • Any wasteful dissipation of assets during the marriage
  • The care of children or elderly parents that has reduced one party's earning ability
  • Domestic violence or other acts that have reduced one party's earning ability
  • Any contributions one party made to the career success of the other
  • Other factors determined to be just and proper by the court

Consult Our Hudson Valley Spousal Support Attorney

Kelley M. Enderley has practiced in family law since 2005 and has the in-depth legal knowledge to answer your questions and assist you with all types of alimony issues. To schedule a consultation with our divorce lawyer, call 888-396-8007, or contact us online. Our law firm can also arrange evening and weekend appointments as needed.

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