When a marriage ends, the income and resources that supported one household must now support two. Spousal maintenance, or alimony, may be available if one of the spouses stayed home, for example to care for minor children, or earns significantly less than the other spouse. New York State has a formula which is used to determine the amount of alimony or support to be paid.
New York State views alimony as a rehabilitative tool necessary to provide the lower earning spouse with the time and resources necessary to obtain education and training. The amount and length of support are based on numerous factors, including:
Earning capacity of both parties
Contributions of one party to the career potential of the other
Venzon Law Firm PC helps clients obtain the spousal support they need to become financially independent and ensure clients do not pay more than what is necessary. For additional information about spousal support, please refer to our spousal support FAQ page.