The longer your marriage has lasted, the more likely the issue of spousal support (also known as “maintenance” or “alimony”) will come up during divorce proceedings. Unlike child support payments, there is no set formula for determining how much spousal support should be paid. Instead, a judge will take into consideration such matters as the length of the marriage, the health of the parties, the amount of income and property each side receives, and many other factors.
In most cases, the spousal support the judge grants is only temporary, designed to support the other spouse while he or she develops the skills necessary to become self-supporting. In some cases, however, spousal support awards can be made permanent, set to expire only upon death or remarriage. It is of vital importance that you understand the impact an award of spousal support can have on your life and your income.
The attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. have over twenty-five years of experience in the divorce courts of Nassau County and Suffolk County. We know the legal procedures. We will work hard to get you the result you want while at the same time providing you with candid advice on what you can reasonably expect a particular judge to award.
If you are the party who is requesting spousal support, we will put our persistence and dedication to work for you to make sure that you get the best award possible. If you are the party who will be paying spousal support, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you will pay no more than is customary under your particular circumstances.
We understand that this is a difficult time and that asking for or being made to pay spousal support may be uncomfortable for you. We will be by your side throughout the negotiations, providing caring, compassionate support and competent, aggressive legal advice and representation.
Call or email the attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. today to discuss how we can help you with your spousal support issues.