If you fear that you won’t be able to support yourself after a divorce because your spouse has been the breadwinner of the family, court-ordered spousal support payable by your spouse may be the solution you need to avoid an intolerable hardship while you live on your own. Whether you are the paying or supported spouse, the divorce attorneys of Needle | Cuda are ready to help you maintain your standard of living or protect your income from unfair demands during and after the divorce proceeding. Our Brewster-based attorneys will give you the personalized attention and aggressive advocacy you need to help you through this difficult time.
New York recognizes two types of spousal maintenance:
We will present the strongest case possible to persuade the court to award what you need. On the other hand, if you are the higher paying spouse, we will aim to avoid or limit the amount that the court obligates you to pay.
Temporary and permanent maintenance calculation guidelines appear simple at first, taking into account the following two factors:
However, the court will consider whether the guideline amount of maintenance would be unjust or inappropriate. And if so, the court can award maintenance that deviates from the guidelines. Specific factors that the court considers include:
In either case, the court has discretion to increase or decrease the amount it would otherwise award in the interests of justice. If the court awards maintenance, we will present the evidence and arguments to support an award in an amount that is fairest to you.
Needle | Cuda’s New York practice serves clients in Scarsdale, Chappaqua, Larchmont, Pound Ridge, Armonk, Rye, Bronxville, Briarcliff Manor, Bedford, Harrison, and Tarrytown.
If you need alimony during or after your divorce or are facing your spouse’s claim for it in Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester County or New York City, Needle | Cuda is ready to help. We provide highly responsive service and effective representation focused on positive results. To arrange a consultation, call us today at 203-557-9500 or contact us online.