Often, when a couple going through a divorce has to address the issue of spousal maintenance, the spouse who is obligated to make payments wants to know how long their obligation to do so will last. There is no cut and dry answer for each individual situation because everyone’s situation is different. However, what we can tell you is that the court considers a number of different factors when determining how long the spousal maintenance should last, as well as how much should be paid.

Generally speaking, the length of a spousal maintenance obligation corresponds closely with the length of the marriage. Longer marriages may have longer obligations while shorter marriages have shorter obligations. It’s pretty simple. However, there are still a few other factors that need to be considered when it comes to determining spousal maintenance. Some of these factors include the following:

  • The current income of each spouse
  • The earning potential of each spouse
  • Each spouse’s need for additional training or education that can advance their earning potential
  • The age and health of each spouse at the time of the divorce

Age comes into play because if the dependent spouse is nearing retirement age, it may be too late to start a new career that would make them financially independent. If you have other questions about spousal maintenance, contact our firm 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.