Bronx Spousal Support
In legal separations or divorces in the State of New York, the maintenance and/or Spousal Support plays a key part. Whether it’s a contested divorce or uncontested, the matter of Spousal Support will be addressed when both of the parties involved are dividing the property and assets. If you are seeking the support or potentially going to have to pay it, your Bronx Spousal Support Lawyer’s role will be significant in the outcome of your case. At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, a Bronx Family Lawyer or a Bronx Divorce Lawyer from our offices—in every borough of New York City across to Westchester County, and also Long Island in Suffolk County and Nassau County—will provide not only a free consultation, but also the experience and dedication required for your case to protect your interests financially.
Every Bronx Spousal Support Lawyer understands that in the State of New York, across all the boroughs and county lines, the court has authority to grant Spousal Support to a spouse as a part of divorce. Spousal Support, also known as alimony in other parts of the country, is the monetary payment from one spouse to keep up the others standard of living. Your Bronx Family Lawyer can help you understand how it’s possible for the New York City Courts to order payment of the maintenance or Spousal Support from either spouse to the other. Payments may be awarded as a large sum, or may be structured as mutiple payments over time.
How Spousal Support is Determined
The courts have wide discretion when granting an amount of money regarded as necessary to the support of the receiving spouse, only when the decision was founded upon facts and upon the present circumstances when the Spousal Support award was granted. The court carefully reviews the case facts, and your Bronx Family Lawyer is responsible for presenting facts appropriately in order to get your desired outcome. The Court may consider each of the following indicia and give each varying weights of importance:
- How long you were married?
- Both spouses’ conduct during marriage
- Occupations, all income, and the sources of income for both parties
- Employment Skills and/or employability of both spouses
- Contributions as homemaker or parent made by the spouse seeking maintenance
- Financials including Debts and assets of the spouses
- Spouses’ respective opportunities in the future acquisition of assets
- Age and health of both spouses
- Back Taxes or upcoming issues
- Any special needs for either spouse
A Bronx Spousal Support Lawyer from any of our offices, located in New York City, will explain two different kinds of Spousal Support or maintenance:
Permanent Maintenance: Payment for housing, clothing, food, and other needs. Spouses who are requesting permanent support are required to prove a need for the support. Once it’s awarded, permanent support is effective until changes in circumstances warrant a review.
Rehabilitative Maintenance: A common, however temporary form of payment intended to support a spouse while developing or refreshing abilities in order to obtain a vocation or employment.
Because Spousal Support (in addition to Child Support and Custody issues) is frequently among one of the most difficult aspects of a divorce, you need to speak with a Bronx Spousal Support Lawyer at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Call 800.696.9529 now for a free initial consultation and schedule an appointment in one of our offices in NYC or its surrounding suburbs. Every one of our Family Lawyers knows that the issues of Spousal Support—in addition to other Family Law concerns—greatly affect the future lifestyle of both spouses, and we are here to help you attain a resolution that will not leave you financially hindered.