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Staten Island Spousal Support

Throughout New York, Spousal Support and/or maintenance are key components in legal separations and/or divorces. Whether the divorce is challenged or unchallenged, matters of Spousal Support will be attended to when dividing property and assets between spouses. Despite whether you are seeking support or may be the one to pay it, your Staten Island Spousal Support Attorney will be an important part of the result of your case. At the firm Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, the Staten Island Family Attorneys or Staten Island Divorce Attorneys on our team—in every borough of NYC including Westchester County, and Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk Counties—will offer a free consultation, as well as the experience and the dedication necessary to safeguard your finances in your case.

Every Staten Island Spousal Support Attorney can inform you that throughout New York, authority is given to the courts to grant Spousal Support to a spouse as a detail of the divorce. Spousal Support, better known as maintenance or as alimony, is a disbursement of funds from one spouse to another. Your Staten Island Family Attorney will make clear under what circumstances the NYC Courts will order Spousal Support or maintenance payment from a spouse. The type of payment may be issued as a one time large sum, or as several payments structured over a period of time.

How Spousal Support is Determined

The courts have immense discretion in granting an amount of money regarded to be necessary in supporting the receiving spouse, but only if the conclusion was derived from the facts and current circumstances at the time the Spousal Support was granted. The court cautiously reviews all of the facts of the case, and your Staten Island Family Attorney is the key in appropriately presenting the information so as to reach the desired outcome. Here is a short list of factors Judges consider

  • What is the length of the marriage?
  • Conduct of the spouses while married
  • Varying degrees of employment skills and/or the likelihood to gain employment for either or both spouses
  • Income sources, current wages, and the occupations of both spouses
  • Non income generating work as a family manager or parent by spouse seeking support
  • Accounting of both Assets and debts of the marriage
  • Opportunities to acquire assets in the future for each spouse
  • Age and physical condition of spouses
  • Are there Special needs (if applicable) for either spouse?
  • Tax issues

A Staten Island Spousal Support Attorney from our firm, with offices in NYC including Manhattan, will clarify the Spousal Support or maintenance types:

Permanent Maintenance: Payment for clothing, food, housing, and other needs. A need for support must be proven by the spouse seeking to receive permanent alimony. Once it has been granted, permanent alimony remains effective until circumstances change and a review is warranted.

Rehabilitative Maintenance: A common, although temporary form of payment used to support a spouse while competency is being refreshed or developed for obtaining employment or a career.

Spousal Support (Child Support and Custody issues also) is commonly the most difficult aspect of a divorce, and it is for this reason that you need to speak with a Staten Island Spousal Support Attorney at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. Call 800.696.9529 to schedule an appointment for a free initial meeting at an office in NYC or the surrounding areas. Not one Family Attorney with our team denies that Spousal Support issues—and other concerns of Family Law—have a great impact on the future way of life of each spouse, and it is our job to assist you in getting the conclusion that best suits you and your future.

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