In a marriage, there are often situations where one spouse financially provides for the family while the other spouse is supporting the family in other ways. If the married couple decides to get divorced, the less monied spouse may be unable to financially support themselves or maintain the quality of life they once had. As a result, the court may impose a spousal maintenance obligation in which the more monied spouse is required to provide payments to the less monied spouse.
One of the most influential factors in determining the length of the spousal maintenance obligations is the duration of the marriage itself. The percentages are generally as follows:
- If the marriage lasted between 0 and 15 years, alimony can only be awarded between 15% and 30% of the number of years married
- If the marriage lasted between 16 and 20 years, alimony can be awarded between 30% and 50% of the number of years married
- If the marriage lasted more than 20 years, alimony can be awarded between 35% and 50% of the number of years married
Of course, matters of divorce are never as cut and dry as a formula might make them out to be. The court will have to determine whether a spousal maintenance award is even necessary because in many cases, it is not. If you have questions about spousal maintenance in New York, contact our firm today.
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