When a couple is going through a divorce in Rockland County, they will have to address a number of issues pertaining to the dissolution of their marriage. One such issue that commonly arises is that of spousal maintenance. Often, one of the spouses feels as though they should not have to continue financially supporting their other spouse after the marriage is over. However, sometimes, spouses feel as though they are entitled to compensation.
If the court needs to step in and make decisions on behalf of the couple, they will take a number of different factors into consideration to first assess whether spousal support is even necessary and then if it is, the terms of the alimony obligation. In New York State, though the court will take a lot of factors into consideration, the factor that impacts it arguably the most is the length of the marriage. The duration of spousal support is typically assessed based on the following factors:
- Up to 15 years: maintenance could be awarded between 15 to 30% of the years married
- 16 to 20 years: maintenance could be awarded between 30 to 50% of the years married
- 20 years or more: maintenance could be awarded between 35 to 50% of the years married
There are a number of other factors that are taken into consideration as well, including the earning capacity of each party among many others. If you have questions about spousal support in New York, contact us today.
The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC is an experienced divorce and family law firm located in New City, NY. It is essential to retain effective legal guidance during such pivotal times in life. Contact our firm today to discuss your legal matter and get the quality legal representation you deserve.