Spousal Support

Our Bronx Family Law Attorneys Can Help You Get Financial Assistance After a Divorce

After a divorce, your spouse may seek financial support for a definite or indefinite length of time. This is referred to as either spousal support or spousal maintenance. In general, spousal support is financial assistance awarded to a spouse by a Family Court prior to a divorce action. If the couple is seeking a divorce, the issue of financial support following the dissolution of their marriage must be addressed; this is referred to as spousal maintenance.

Types of Spousal Support

Once the court decides that spousal support is appropriate, they will determine which form of support is most fitting to your case’s situation. There are four main types of spousal support:

  • Temporary Support: This form is issued during the time the divorce is pending. A temporary order can be replaced by a final support order after an agreement has been made or the judge makes a ruling.
  • Rehabilitative Support: This type of support involves payments that are meant to help the recipient obtain the skills or education needed to be self-supporting.
  • Duration Support: Typically, support is awarded for a limited amount of time. This type of support is ordered for the remainder of the recipient's life.
  • Purpose Support: This form of support is meant to provide for the recipient and enable the individual to be self-sustaining. The length of time for which this support is paid is determined by the court.

What is alimony?

In some cases the divorce court will award spousal support to one of the parties to help provide for their needs either during the process or for a specified amount of time after the divorce is finalized. Also known as alimony, spousal support may be awarded by the court depending on certain factors, such as:

  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Spouses' ability to support themselves
  • Spouses’ standard of living during the marriage
  • Any existing financial obligations for each spouse

Am I Eligible for Spousal Maintenance?

A number of factors will be considered by the Court to determine whether or not to grant spousal maintenance. Some of these factors include:

  • How income and property was distributed under equitable distribution
  • Age and health of the parties
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • Ability of the person seeking maintenance to become self-supporting, including how long it might take for training or education
  • Income lost due to raising a family
  • Who will be primarily responsible for any children following the divorce
  • Tax consequences

Contact a Bronx Divorce Attorneys

If you would like to seek spousal support or if you believe your order of support needs to be modified, it is important to retain the counsel of a knowledgeable lawyer. Our firm has helped countless individuals address their support issues, and we are prepared to provide you with powerful advocacy before the family court. You can be confident that an attorneys from our team will relentlessly protect your rights and ensure your best interests are heard.

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