Knowledgeable New York Spousal Maintenance Attorneys
After you experience a divorce or separation, legal proceedings such as spousal maintenance often keep the painful issue coming back again and again. At Capetola & Divins, P.C., we want to help you put the past in the past so that you can go on with your life. Our experience as Long Island divorce lawyers will help you get through the legal process as smoothly as possible. Experience, ethics, understanding, compassion and a desire to help you get the help you need are the trademarks of our family law practice.
You can contact our Williston Park location now to schedule your free consultation with one of our trusted lawyers. One of our experienced matrimonial and family law attorneys will answer your questions and help you determine your next steps. Call us at 516-746-2300 to set up this free first meeting.
What Exactly Is Spousal Maintenance?
Spousal maintenance, also called spousal support or alimony, is a structured payment plan designed to protect separated couples financially. Maintenance ensures that both parties are recognized for their contribution to the marriage and rewarded accordingly. Maintenance involves the one party, whoever was the family’s primary income earner, giving financial support to the other party, whose income alone is not enough.
How Is Spousal Maintenance Calculated?
There are many different factors that the court considers when awarding maintenance. The length of the marriage, the individuals’ contributions to the marriage, and financial standings at the time of separation are a few of the questions considered. Payment plans differ widely, from lump sums to yearly payments, and monthly payments to weekly payments.
Many other considerations exist, as well. Spousal support payments are a special tax item for both parties, and you might need legal advice to decide what payment plan is best based on your contribution and tax bracket. Whether you are starting payments now or have been involved in maintenance payments for some time, you should be aware of legal obligations regarding when payments end, for what payments can be used and what forms of payment are required or prohibited.
Learn How Our Long Island Divorce Attorneys Can Help
With so many decisions and factors affecting those decisions, we want to help you understand your options. That is why we take time with each of our clients to explain in understandable terms the complex legal environment in which those decisions take place. We are committed to giving you all the details that you need to make an informed decision. We offer unrivaled professionalism, integrity and compassion that will help you obtain the outcome you deserve and the peace of mind you desire.