Spousal Support in Staten Island

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Alimony is also referred to as "spousal support" or "spousal maintenance" in today's legalese. You may be eligible to receive financial support payments from your ex-spouse if you have financial needs and your ex was the higher-earning spouse. Consult a Staten Island divorce lawyer if you have any questions about your unique situation.

In New York, both the Family Court and Supreme Court can order the payment of spousal support. In requesting spousal support from a court, the judge will consider both yours and your ex-spouse's finances and will look at any necessary expenses, such as housing, food, clothing, medical care, education, and other proper and reasonable expenses. If the judge decides that your spouse is financially capable of supporting you so that you can maintain the standard of living to which you have grown accustomed, then a spousal support order may be issued.

Temporary Support Awards

In some cases, a judge may issue a temporary spousal support award to be paid until a divorce is finalized. In these cases, the higher-earning spouse is generally required to pay support to the lower-income spouse while the divorce is in process, allowing the lower-earning spouse an opportunity to maintain their standard of living until the marriage is officially ended.

Speak with a Staten Island Divorce Attorney About Your Case!

In any spousal support or maintenance matter, it is best to consult with Attorney Dow who will review the specific facts of your case and give you the advice and counsel you need.

Contact Staten Island divorce attorney A. Sheralynn Dow at the firm today for legal assistance concerning any spousal support or maintenance matter.