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Alimony & Spousal Maintenance

Each marriage is different, but when the assets and income that formerly supported one household must be divided to support two, financial difficulties can arise. To ease the transition, a judge may award spousal maintenance (commonly called alimony) to be paid by one spouse to the other.

At Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner, we have more than 90 combined years of experience in family law, and we have helped thousands of people resolve issues of spousal maintenance. Whether you are seeking alimony or are obligated to pay, we will work hard to ensure that you are treated fairly. Our goal is to help you achieve financial stability following divorce.

To arrange a consultation with our Poughkeepsie alimony lawyers, please call 845-486-4300. You may also contact our law firm online.

Understanding Alimony in New York State

In New York, there are two types of alimony (also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance) that may be awarded in a divorce case. They are:

Temporary maintenance: This type of alimony is paid while the divorce process is ongoing. The amount awarded is determined according to guidelines established in 2010. The guidelines are flexible, making it critical to work with an attorney who understands the law and can use it to make sure you do not overpay or to make sure that you receive the alimony to which you are entitled.

Permanent maintenance: This type of alimony is ordered as part of the final divorce judgment. Although it is called “permanent alimony,” the payments end if certain events take place, including remarriage of the receiving spouse. We also have statutory guidelines in place for determining post divorce or permanent alimony/maintenance. Further, when determining permanent alimony, a judge may consider many factors, including:

  • Each spouse’s age
  • Each spouse’s education
  • Health
  • Income history and potential employment opportunities
  • Length of marriage

You can rely on the family law attorneys at Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner to protect your rights and interests during the initial determination of alimony, as well as during any necessary modification or enforcement actions that may take place.

Contact a Dutchess County Family Law Attorney

To speak with a lawyer about spousal maintenance, call Ostertag O’Leary Barrett & Faulkner at 845-486-4300. You may also contact our law firm online.


Ostertag O'Leary Barrett & Faulkner

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Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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