Long Island Alimony Lawyers
Experienced Spousal Support Attorneys Serving Nassau County & Long Island
A person's obligation to their spouse does not necessarily end after a divorce. In many divorce cases, one spouse is order to pay alimony to the other spouse, either temporarily or indefinitely. Alimony payments can be made over time or in one lump sum, depending on the type of alimony arrangement agreed upon by the parties or ordered by the judge. In New York, there are three main types of alimony:
- Restitutional Alimony: this form of alimony is only temporary, and is paid while the spouse is going to school, training for a job, or enhancing his or her vocational skills.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: this form of alimony is only temporary as well, as is paid while the spouse develops or refreshes the skills needed to obtain employment or become financially self-sufficient.
- Permanent Alimony: this form of alimony is paid indefinitely, or until there is a significant change in circumstances, in which case either party can ask the judge to review the circumstances to either modify the amount or cease payments.
How is Alimony Determined?
There is no set formula for determining alimony payments. However, there are a number of factors a judge will take into account in order to help him or her make a decision. These factors include:
- The duration of the marriage
- Each spouse's financial contributions during the marriage
- Each spouse's non-economic contributions during the marriage
- Each spouse's income and earning capacity
- Whether one spouse stayed home from work to raise children
- Each spouse's age and physical and mental health
- If either spouse has any unique needs
- How marital property was distributed
- The standard of living the couple shared during marriage
Contact a Knowledgeable Long Island Alimony Attorney
At Samuelson Hause & Samuelson, an experienced attorney at our office can help you reach an alimony arrangement that serves your best interests and protects your financial well-being. Whether you are seeking spousal support or your spouse is seeking alimony from you, we can make sure the amount you are getting or receiving is not only fair, but also doesn't compromise your financial stability.
To discuss your rights as they pertain to spousal support, please don't hesitate to contact a Long Island alimony lawyer at Samuelson Hause & Samuelson today! Our main priority is helping you reach an arrangement the suites your needs and lifestyles, but allows you to maintain the same standard of living you had during the marriage.