WESTCHESTER COUNTY AND NEW YORK CITY MAINTENANCE LAWYERS
How much alimony am I going to get? How much will I have to pay? They are common questions that many divorce lawyers hear, and our clients often ask us to list specific amounts. We begin by talking with them about their situations and about the law in New York State.
ALIMONY AND MAINTENANCE IN NEW YORK
In New York, Domestic Relations Law calls alimony “maintenance,” although family courts refer to it as “spousal support.” It is often ordered in situation in which there is long-term financial inequity in marriages, for example, when one spouse has been the primary breadwinner and the other has stayed home and raised the children. After a divorce, the spouse who raised the children cannot hope to earn as much as the breadwinning spouse — at least not right away. After all, the stay-at-home spouse has dedicated time to building a family, not a career. While out of the workforce, he or she has sacrificed a great deal of earning potential.
In cases such as these New York courts award something called “rehabilitative maintenance,” ordering alimony that is limited in scope. Alimony payments may only be paid for a certain amount of time or until a certain goal is achieved, helping to get the stay-at-home spouse back on his or her feet.
So, when clients ask us what the courts may order in their cases, it can be difficult to tell. With our focus on Collaborative Law and mediation, we often encourage our clients to negotiate a mutually agreeable resolution that takes both parties’ needs into account.
CONTACT MILLER LAW GROUP
To talk about alimony with a lawyer, contact Miller Law Group. Contact our law office in New Rochelle, New York, by calling (914) 738-7765 for a confidential consultation about your divorce or other family law matters. Attorneys at our New Rochelle office serve clients throughout Westchester. We also have a Manhattan office to serve clients in New York City.