Long Island Spousal Support
All over New York, Spousal Support and/or maintenance are the key components for legal separations and/or divorces. Whether a divorce is disputed or undisputed, the matters of Spousal Support are addressed when dividing the property and assets between the spouses. Despite if you’re seeking support or possibly be the one to pay it, your Long Island Spousal Support Attorney is an important factor in the result of your case. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has Long Island Family Attorneys and Long Island Divorce Attorneys in our offices—in all boroughs of NYC and even north of the city in Westchester County, or Long Island with Nassau and Suffolk Counties—that offer a free initial meeting, and have the experience and dedication imperative to safeguarding your finances.
Long Island Spousal Support Attorneys will tell you that throughout NY State, the authority is given to the courts allocate Spousal Support to one of the spouses as a detail within the divorce. Spousal Support, also referred to alimony as it is known in other areas of the US, is the sum of money paid by one marital partner to enhance the others standard of living. Your Long Island Family Attorney will clarify how the Courts of NYC can order either spouse to make the Spousal Support or maintenance payment to the other. Such awards may be paid in one large sum, or ra schedule of payments maybe structured over time.
How Spousal Support is Determined
Courts have immense discretion in awarding a sum of money regarded as necessary as provision for the receiving spouse, but only if they derived their conclusion from facts and present situations at the time of awarding the Spousal Support. The court cautiously examines all of the facts, and your Long Island Family Attorney is a key to appropriately presenting your case to the Court. The judge will want to review details including:
- Duration of the marriage
- Behavior of spouses while married
- Income earning Skills and employment prospects
- Income levels, income streams of both spouses
- Non income generating contribution by a spouse to the family desiring support
- Lists of husband’s and wife’s Assets and debts
- Probability of each spouse to acquire future assets or earning potential
- Life expectancy specifically, Age and health of spouses
- Special needs (if applicable) of each
- Any tax matters
Long Island Spousal Support Attorneys with our firm can clearly explain both different forms of Spousal Support and/or maintenance:
Permanent Maintenance: Payment for clothes, food, residence, and other needs. The necessity for support must be demonstrated by spouses seeking permanent support. Permanent support, once granted, remains effective until circumstances have changed and a review is justified.
Rehabilitative Maintenance: A common, but temporary form of settlement used to support one spouse while updating or establishing experience to obtain profession or a trade.
Spousal Support (including Child Support and Custody issues) is generally the most complicated aspect of divorce, and it’s for this reason you should speak with a Long Island Spousal Support Attorney with Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Please call 800.696.9529 and schedule a free initial meeting at any office including Manhattan as well as on Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk County. Not one Family Attorney on our team will deny that issues of Spousal Support—and additional concerns of Family Law—have considerable impressions on the future way of living for each spouse, and it’s our job to get you a conclusion that will not financially hinder you.