Money paid from one spouse to the other for the purpose of supporting the spouse with fewer financial resources is known as Alimony, Maintenance, or Spousal Support. A court awards support on the basis of one spouse’s need or entitlement and the other spouse’s ability to pay.
Long term alimony is becoming less common due to the increasingly common instance of two income earners in a marriage. In today’s society, it is now far less common for one spouse to be completely financially dependent on the other spouse.
Maintenance payments, also known as spousal support, are payments made from one former spouse to another during and/or following a Divorce. These payments are designed to prevent an unfair economic impact on an unemployed or lower-wage-earning spouse due to a divorce. Maintenance payments may be determined by an agreement between spouses or by the court. At the Perlmutter Law Firm, our attorneys have extensive experience working with spousal support matters. If you and your spouse can’t come to an agreement, one of you can apply to the court for an order for spousal support. Court applications can be expensive and time-consuming, so see a lawyer for advice about whether your expectations are reasonable.
If you are in need of an attorney that concentrates in the area of family law throughout New York City, Nassau County, and Suffolk County, contact the Perlmutter Law Firm by phone or by email to make an appointment for a consultation.