Spousal Maintenance

Skilled Counsel on Spousal Maintenance Issues

No matter what you call it, maintenance, spousal support or alimony, the rules guiding support between spouses have continued to change over time. At Brooke, Brady & Schopfer, LLP, we understand that you want to protect your rights and future financial interests.

Like child support, the payment of spousal support is now determined by a formula, which calculates the presumptively correct amount to be paid from the higher income earning spouse to the lower income earning spouse. In addition to statutory guidelines regarding amount of spousal support, there are also guidelines relating to duration, which is a percentage of the years of marriage.

However, individuals and even the Court, in some cases, can choose to deviate from the presumptively correct amount of spousal support by analyzing numerous factors to determine the amount and duration.

The court will consider a variety of factors including: age of the parties, health of the parties, earning capacity, standard of living, pre-divorce separate household, length of the marriage, cost of health insurance, and equitable distribution of marital property when considering a parties’ request for spousal support. It is imperative that you have a knowledgeable attorney advising you and presenting your case to the court to obtain a favorable outcome.

When you are considering a divorce, it is important to speak to a knowledgeable attorney so that you can have the information necessary to make an informed decision about how to proceed.

Spousal support/alimony provides support for food, housing and other costs for the lesser earning spouse. It should be noted that it may be modified in court if the supporting spouse’s income or financial status changes dramatically in the future.

Dutchess County Spousal Maintenance Lawyers Helping You Through the Challenges of Divorce

Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, our attorneys can help you work through the sensitive financial issues of divorce. We provide collaborative divorce support for couples interested in avoiding the stress and financial drain of trial.

For a confidential, free initial consultation with a skilled divorce lawyer, contact us by calling 845-454-2540 today.