Spousal Support


Family Law New York Spousal Support Guidance

Spousal support is calculated based on a number of factors. It's important that the support calculated is accurate and takes into account all aspects of your situation. O'Brien Monagan Law Firm is an established family law firm that handles a broad range of divorce, property division, spousal support, and related cases. Our attorneys have more than 30 years of legal experience in family law and the skills to handle high-asset divorce cases, complex property division issues, and more.

Temporary Spousal Support And Long-Term Support

There are two types of spousal support in New York: temporary spousal support and a final order of support. Temporary spousal support may be awarded while a divorce case is pending. Long-term spousal support is awarded at the conclusion of the case for a specific amount and period of time, or in some cases for a lifetime. If long-term support is awarded in the divorce, the amount may be different than the amount for the temporary award. The long-term award will factor in the need for support, the spouse's ability to pay, the length of time of the marriage, ability to work, whether a child support award is made, and more. The law in this area continues to evolve. The guidelines have become more formulaic, and the current statute is based primarily on income history and the length of the marriage. The differences between the types of support, and how each factor is considered under the guidelines, can be complicated to understand. At our firm, we are comprehensive in explaining the guidelines and in setting realistic expectations for our clients.

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