Tag Archives: domestic relations law

New York Courts are Giving Out More Maintenance Than the Law Ever Intended

In June 2015, maintenance law was changed in New York State when the Senate passed new legislation that set forth a statutory formula to determine the duration and amount of spousal maintenance to be paid by the higher income spouse to the lower income spouse upon divorce. This law, which would apply to divorces filed… Read More »

Does New York Still Have Lifetime Alimony?

New York State recently reformed many aspects of its Domestic Relations Law, including rules for permanent alimony. The new law creates an advisory schedule for the duration of permanent alimony based on the length of the marriage: From 0 up to and including 15 years — Alimony may last anywhere from 15 percent to 30… Read More »

Can I Divorce My Spouse If He or She Is Incarcerated?

According to Domestic Relations Laws in New York, incarceration in prison does not preclude an individual from filing for divorce against a spouse or having divorce filed against him or her by a spouse. In fact, imprisonment for three continuous years or longer is acceptable grounds for divorce in New York. There are two options… Read More »

Recent Changes in NY Custody and Support Laws

In addition to New York’s new no-fault divorce law, the New York State Assembly has made several other important changes to domestic relations law that took effect on October 14, 2010. These laws provide greater protections to the financially disadvantaged spouse in a divorce action and clarify the circumstances under which a parent can obtain… Read More »