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Spousal maintenance may be temporary, to help an ex-spouse get on their feet financially after a divorce, or the court may order long-term payments. Spousal support awards can be modified to reflect a change in circumstances at any time after the divorce.

The attorneys at Sager Gellerman Eisner LLP offer 100 years of combined experience helping clients negotiate and litigate spousal maintenance. We represent those who are seeking spousal maintenance as well as those who must pay it.

Spousal Maintenance In New York

When considering spousal maintenance, New York courts give great weight to the length of a marriage. If the marriage was brief, spousal maintenance may be ordered temporarily to give a dependent spouse some time to become financially independent. This is called rehabilitative maintenance and often has strings attached. For example, the spouse receiving support may be required to engage in specific efforts to increase career opportunities, such as pursuing a certification or a degree program.

For marriages of longer duration, the courts often order long-term support. In such cases, the court tries to arrive at the amount of money necessary for the spouse to maintain the lifestyle they enjoyed during the marriage.

How Spousal Maintenance Is Determined

In addition to the length of the marriage, the factors considered by the courts include each spouse’s:

  • Income
  • Future financial prospects
  • Age
  • Health
  • Individual net worth

Temporary Maintenance

Our law firm helps you obtain an order for temporary maintenance as an emergency measure until the court issues its determination on long-term support. We are particularly sensitive to the issues surrounding spousal maintenace disputes involving professionals and high net worth individuals.

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Calculating The Net Worth Of Each Spouse

The individual net worth of each spouse does not include the value of marital assets and debts, which under New York law are subject to equitable distribution as part of the divorce. In determining individual net worth, the court considers:

  • Value of professional practices
  • Value of educational training or degrees
  • The worth of a business, current and projected
  • Debts
  • Value of separate property, such as a second home or car
  • Stocks, bonds and other investments

Let Our Attorneys Improve Your Post-Divorce Financial Prospects

Divorce doesn’t have to threaten your financial stability. Our attorneys at Sager Gellerman Eisner LLP help you negotiate a realistic amount of spousal support after your divorce. You can reach us through our online contact form or call our Queens office at 718-261-2300 or our Garden City office at 516-294-5555. We serve clients in Nassau and Queens counties and the New York boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.