Helping Clients Pursue Fair and Appropriate Alimony Outcomes
Spousal support – commonly known as alimony – can be one of the most misunderstood and contentious issues addressed in the divorce process. This is understandable, because a spousal support award can have a serious, long-term financial impact on both parties.
I am David L. Moreno, an experienced Staten Island alimony attorney. Whether you are concerned about receiving or having to pay spousal support, I can advise you on the law as it applies to your case and help you pursue the most favorable outcome that protects your interests.
Understanding the Different Types of Alimony in New York State
Unlike property division – which involves a one-time distribution of the marital property between two spouses who are divorcing- alimony is an ongoing obligation by one spouse to make support payments to the other. The main types of alimony in New York are:
Mandatory temporary alimony: Once a married couple has separated pending a divorce, one party may be automatically entitled to alimony while the divorce process is ongoing. This is known as alimony pendente lite and is calculated using a fixed formula.
Alimony for a limited term: If one party has become on the other part a income during the marriage, that party may be awarded alimony for a limited term after the divorce. Judges have a great deal of discretion in making these types of awards.
Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony is relatively rare in New York but is occasionally granted in cases in which one spouse has no realistic option to enter the workforce.
In some cases, alimony is also known as spousal maintenance. Whether you will be entitled to receive alimony, required to pay it or neither is a very fact-specific question, which is why it is important to hire a lawyer who will carefully analyze the facts of your individual case.
New York Spousal Attorney – Call Me at 718-727-2327
Spousal support is a complex topic, and recent changes to the law have made matters more confusing. To learn more about alimony and to discuss the impact it will have on your case, please contact my office today at 718-727-2327 to schedule a free consultation.