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Category Archives: Spousal Support

New Domestic Relations Law Protects Smart Women in 2016

In 1985 the New York Court of Appeals started a case called “O’Brien v. O’Brien” this case has a “progeny” of cases that further define it and solidify it. The case stands for the proposition that “an interest in an professional career is marital property which can be represented by direct or indirect contribution (even… Read More »

Changing Your Alimony Payment Amount

If your financial situation has changed since your divorce was finalized and you can no longer make the same financial contributions as earlier, you may need to modify the terms of your alimony agreement. It is possible for alimony amounts to be changed, although it may require substantial evidence in support of your claim. Reasons… Read More »

What Factors into Alimony Decisions in New York?

Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is often paid by one spouse to another during or after a divorce. Many factors are considered when determining the alimony amount for New York couples that are deciding to end their marriage: What is alimony? Alimony refers to court-ordered payments that are put in place… Read More »

How to Enforce Alimony Payments in New York

When a judge awards alimony to a former spouse, it is a legally enforceable court order that must be fulfilled. Despite this, it is all too common for individuals to fall behind on spousal support payments. If you stopped receiving alimony from your former spouse, you may need to take action to have the payments… Read More »

Unique Factors that Influence Military Divorces

Divorce poses unique considerations for the 1.1 million active duty American soldiers and their families. When a military couple decides to divorce, certain factors come into play that civilian couples may not have to think about. In fact, numerous aspects of a military couple’s divorce may be influenced by the spouse’s military service. Child support… Read More »

Don’t Sign That Tax Return You Might Be Sorry If You Want Maintenance/Alimony

It has come to our attention that many people seeking maintenance or alimony (the less-moneied spouse, often the primary care giver, and customarily the mother) advise that their husbands have certain “unreported” income. This can be from illegal rental apartments; construction side jobs; or even a larger income than claimed for small business owners. It… Read More »

What to Know About Alimony When Going Through a Divorce

If you are going through a divorce, you will want to be aware of how alimony will be determined, and how these decisions will impact your finances after your divorce ends. Alimony is a form of spousal support that is paid by one member of a divorced couple to the other. Decisions concerning who pays… Read More »

New Maintenance “Spousal Support” Laws Were Passed and are Awaiting the Governor’s Signature

New Maintenance “Spousal Support” laws were passed and are awaiting the governor’s signature.  If you are a husband or a wife; wage earner or homemaker;  and are considering a divorce, you may want to run to your attorney now. On June 24, 2015 by an almost unanimous vote of 146 to 1 the New York… Read More »

Should Fading Fertility be Covered by Spousal Support?

The field of family law is dynamic. Although divorce remains the dissolution of legal relationship between two partners, the definition of assets, the marital estate and the standard of equitable distribution among parties continues to evolve. A recent article in the New York Times describes a New Jersey divorce matter where counsel for a 38-year… Read More »

I Do Again: Legal and Financial Considerations of Remarriage

After divorce, finding someone new is a common goal – but actually tying the knot again is not. According to SmartMoney.com, fewer than half of divorced women and slightly more than half of divorced men are remarried – and those numbers are dropping. Marriage does offer legal and financial benefits over cohabitation, including the tax… Read More »

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