Spousal Support Lawyers in Hudson Valley
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Spousal support, also known as "spousal maintenance" or "alimony," causes more disagreements than any other issue in many divorces. Concerns about money cause fear, stress, and uncertainty about the future. If you are wondering how New York spousal maintenance laws will affect your divorce, call Letterio & Haug, LLP. Our Hudson Valley spousal support attorneys have nearly two decades of combined experience and an extensive knowledge of the law.
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New York Spousal Support Laws
Also known as "alimony," spousal support is money paid from one spouse to the other after a divorce. While spousal support is often awarded in the divorce decree, payments may start before the divorce is final. Temporary maintenance, also known as pendente lite spousal maintenance, may be awarded while the divorcing couple is going through divorce proceedings. New York uses formulas to determine temporary and permanent spousal maintenance amounts. However, other factors may be taken into consideration, as well.
Factors that influence spousal support awards may include:
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The ages of the spouses
- The health of both spouses
- The earning capacities, education, and employment history of each spouse
- Any loss of income as a result of a spouse staying home to care for children
- Any contributions to the marriage made by the receiving spouse
- Any loss of health insurance benefits as a result of the divorce
- Any waste of marital property by either spouse
- Any additional child-related costs
Spousal support may be awarded as durational or nondurational. Durational spousal support is paid for a specific period of time, often to give the receiving spouse time to become self-supporting. Nondurational maintenance is also known as lifetime alimony. Although this is rare, it may be awarded in situations such as when one spouse is older, has an illness, or is unlikely to become self-supporting for another reason.
Tailored Legal Representation
Since so many factors can influence spousal maintenance awards, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney. Our Hudson Valley spousal support lawyers provide individualized legal representation that is tailored to the unique situation. We provide personal attention to every case, and clients will always have access to their managing attorney.
Contact us to arrange a free consultation. Located in Beacon, we assist clients throughout Orange County, Putnam County, and Ulster County, NY.
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