One of the most highly contested issues of divorce in New York State is the task of determining spousal maintenance. Spousal maintenance, which is also commonly referred to as alimony, is typically awarded either temporarily during a divorce or for a period of time afterward in an effort to help the financially dependent spouse become independent. Of course, the spouse that is financially independent often feels as though they should not have to continue providing support to the other spouse. When such a matter is so highly contested, the court may have to make a decision on the couple’s behalf.
The courts of New York will make a fair and equitable decision regarding spousal maintenance. They will take a number of factors into consideration when determining a spousal maintenance award. These include the following:
- The income of both spouses
- The duration of the marriage
- The marital and separate property of each spouse
- The age and health of each spouse
- The earning potential for each spouse
- The life goals that a spouse has deferred
- The tax consequences that each party will face
- The obligations to children and caring for other family members
- The dependent spouse’s ability to become independent
If you have questions about spousal maintenance in Rockland County, contact our firm today.
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