Long Island Alimony and Maintenance Lawyers
When a divorce occurs, a couple has many important decisions facing them. One of these involves alimony, which may also be referred to as spousal maintenance. However, while many people believe these payments are regulated much like child support payments, the fact is there is plenty of room for making a variety of arrangements. Because of this, it’s vital to choose an attorney who has the knowledge and experience needed to ensure you get the maximum amount of spousal support to which you are entitled.
The Purpose of Spousal Maintenance
Just as it sounds, the purpose of spousal maintenance is to let both people have an adequate level of financial support once the marriage has ended. In most cases, the spouse who earned the highest income is ordered by the court to pay an agreed-upon monthly amount to the spouse who had the lower income. Designed to help the supported spouse maintain a standard of living that is equal to or close to that which they had during their marriage, it is perhaps the most important part of divorce proceedings. By having this income, the lower-income spouse is often able to acquire other training and skills needed to become even more self-sufficient.
Whether a couple was married for a short time or many years, there are many factors that come into play when the court attempts to determine alimony. For example, if a couple has been married for a long period of time, it’s more likely the court will order spousal support. Along with this, the court tends to look at the incomes of both individuals when determining alimony. This is especially important when the court is attempting to decide if permanent spousal support will be needed, since the goal is to help the lower-income spouse maintain a certain standard of living. And of course, if children are involved in the divorce and will be living with the lower-income spouse, the court also takes this into consideration, looking at how many children are involved, their ages, and other factors.
When it comes to spousal support, earning potential plays a big role. For example, if one spouse is expected to graduate medical school soon, the court may order spousal support payments based on their future salary as a medical resident, rather than their current income. In addition to this, if a lower-income spouse helped support the higher-income spouse to help them complete their education, the court may order they receive higher levels of spousal support.
Because paying spousal support can be such a delicate issue, certain issues may arise during these proceedings. One of the most common involves hiding assets, which may be attempted by the higher-income spouse in an effort to pay less support. Whether this includes giving money or property to family members or transferring assets to another country, it’s vital to work with a lawyer who knows how to investigate these matters.
Get Your Questions Answered
If you find yourself involved in a spousal support dispute, it’s important to let us help you weave your way through this complex legal maze. To schedule a free consultation with our office, contact us at 212-300-5196 or 888-981-9185. By doing so, you’ll be on your way to gaining the financial compensation you need and deserve.