What Do I Need to Know About Alimony Payments in New York?

What Do I Need to Know About Alimony Payments in New York?

The purpose of a divorce is to separate the lives of two spouses. However, this is a difficult process, as the marriage brought together two lives over a period of time. It is because of this that these situations are rarely ever a clean break. There are many cases in which a household only has one income, leaving a financially dependent spouse in an unfair standing after a divorce. That is why the independent spouse may be required to make court-ordered financial support payments to the dependent spouse. This is known as alimony or spousal maintenance. If you want to receive alimony, it is important to retain the services of an experienced New York divorce attorney for assistance. 

Types of Alimony

The different types of alimony that can be awarded in New York can include the following:

  • Permanent alimony: This remains in effect indefinitely, unless there is a change in circumstances such as cohabitation or remarriage. It is awarded based on the length of the marriage. If the marriage lasts up to 15 years, alimony can be awarded for 15 to 30% of the duration. If it lasts between 16 and 20 years, it may be for 30 to 50% of the duration. Marriages that last 20 years or more can result in 35 to 50% of the duration.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: This is awarded in situations where a spouse holds off their own career to support their partner. The payments are so the dependent spouse can receive the education or training they need to get back to work.
  • Reimbursement alimony: This reimburses a spouse if they financially support their partner while they are pursuing education or training. 

What Should I Provide my Attorney if I Want Alimony?

Spouses who wish to receive alimony after a divorce should speak with an attorney to determine their eligibility. If they are, it can be beneficial to provide the attorney with the following documentation:

  • A history of the interruptions in education or career to benefit the spouse
  • A history of the interruptions in education or career to raise children
  • Full educational background
  • Work history, including the names of employers, dates of employment, duties, pay, and why they left
  • Any pensions or other benefits lost due to the interruption of career to benefit the marriage
  • Health history
  • Monthly living expenses as well as anticipated future expenses
  • A list of the debts for both spouses
  • The income of both spouses

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