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Navigating Spousal Support and Maintenance

Maintenance in Westchester County, New York

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The courts in New York do not use the word "Alimony" to describe spousal support. In divorce cases, the court refers to spousal support as "maintenance". In family court cases it is actually referred to as "spousal support".

The difference between how spousal support is determined in the context of a divorce case as opposed to family court is very critical because the divorce laws in New York include a mathematical formula for determining how much spousal support will be paid while the divorce is pending. This is referred to as "temporary maintenance". This mathematical formula does not exist in family court spousal support cases.

Temporary Maintenance

In order to address the complex, inconsistent and unpredictable nature of determining a maintenance amount while a divorce is pending, the divorce court now has a numerical guideline law for calculating temporary maintenance awards. This guideline will generally be followed by the court unless the Court determines that temporary maintenance amount is unjust or inappropriate.

Final Maintenance Awards in Divorce Court and Family Court

There is no statutory change to the law in regard to post-divorce maintenance except for revising the statutory factors. This will reflect the life circumstances of the divorcing couple. Both the amount and duration of the final awards would be based on a list of factors which are included below. These statutory factors also apply to family court spousal support cases

When determining if maintenance/spousal support will be awarded the Courts will review several factors including, but not limited to, the following:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The conduct of the parties during the marriage
  • Age and health of the parties
  • Occupations of the parties and their incomes
  • Sources of income
  • Vocational skills and employability of the spouses
  • Assets and debts of the parties
  • Any special needs of the parties
  • The opportunity of the parties to acquire future income and assets

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