New York Spousal Support Attorneys/Alimony
Divorce can have a significant economic impact on your life — especially if you were financially dependent upon your spouse during the marriage. Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is payment made by the higher-earning spouse to the other pursuant to divorce. It can be crucial to help ensure the dependent spouse obtains the financial support they need while they get back on their feet. The attorneys at The Edelsteins, Fagenburg & Brown offer experienced representation for a variety of alimony matters and work diligently to ensure an outcome that will be in your best interests.
Diligent Counsel for Spousal Maintenance Matters
Courts in New York recognize that sometimes a spouse may contribute to their marriage in non-financial ways by taking care of the children or maintaining the home. In the event of divorce, a spouse who was not employed, or did not work full time, can be at a significant economic disadvantage. Whether you are the spouse paying alimony or the spouse entitled to receive it, the attorneys at The Edelsteins, Faegenburg & Brown, LLP will work to ensure a fair outcome in your case.
In New York, there are four different types of spousal support, including the following:
- Temporary maintenance — Also referred to as “pendente lite” maintenance, this type of alimony is meant to provide immediate but temporary aid to the lower-earning spouse as divorce proceedings are ongoing. It is calculated using a statutory formula and terminates once the divorce decree is issued.
- Post-divorce maintenance — This type of maintenance is awarded to the dependent spouse for a period of time after the divorce has been finalized. Courts apply a statutory formula to calculate post-divorce maintenance. However, a judge can consider a number of factors, including the health and age of each party, the standard of living during the marriage, each party’s earning capacity, tax consequences, and other factors. The duration that post-divorce maintenance is awarded will be based on the length of the marriage.
At The Edelsteins, Faegenburg & Brown, LLP, we represent clients for many different types of alimony and spousal maintenance matters. From negotiating support during the course of divorce proceedings, to obtaining modifications, enforcing orders, and terminating alimony, we have a deep understanding of the law. We are committed to guiding our clients through the legal process, advising them of their rights, and ensuring their financial interests are protected.
Skillful Representation for Modification of Spousal Support
Only in very rare cases is spousal support permanent. Alimony orders are typically meant to provide support to a spouse only for a certain amount of time. Spouses can agree how long spousal support will last and under what circumstances it can be terminated — otherwise, a party may make a request to the court that the existing order be modified. This can be done if there is evidence of extreme hardship such that paying the maintenance prevents the payor spouse from meeting his or her own financial obligations.
At The Edelsteins, Faegenburg & Brown, LLP, we have extensive experience handling cases involving the modification and termination of spousal support. Whether you can no longer afford to make alimony payments or you need the order to continue to be able to make ends meet, we offer reliable counsel and aggressive advocacy to assist you with securing a fair result.
Contact an Experienced New York Alimony/Spousal Support Attorney
Alimony and spousal support matters can be complex and it’s vital to have an attorney who can discuss your responsibilities and uphold your rights. At The Edelsteins, Faegenburg & Brown, LLP, our attorneys are dedicated to offering comprehensive representation and compassionate counsel for a broad scope of alimony issues. Call (212) 425-1999 to schedule a consultation or contact us now to learn how we can help.