Long Island Spousal Support Attorney
Qualifying for Spousal Support in Long Island
Following a divorce one of the partners may be entitled to Spousal Support, also known as alimony. Although normally the woman is awarded spousal support in our society, occasionally we are seeing men also being entitled to it when the wife is the higher wage earner. The amount of maintenance is most closely tied to the incomes of each party and his or her financial independence. If spousal support is not agreed to between the parties, then a family law judge will make the determination. Our opinion, if at all possible, is that it is in your best interests to attempt to work it out ahead of time rather than let the judge make the decision. If spousal support is decided by the court, the primary considerations are:
- Length of the marriage
- Age, health and any special needs
- Disparity in incomes
- Earning capacities/employment skills
- Accustomed standards of living
- Child-rearing or homemaking (did one spouse put a career on hold?)
Unlike property distribution, the conduct of a spouse and the grounds for divorce may be considered in determining spousal support. As there are many circumstances that could affect the outcome of your obtaining spousal support, it is best to have a skilled Long Island divorce lawyer working on your behalf. At Jonathan E. Kroll & Associates, PLLC, we have the experience and dedication to ensure you obtain the support you deserve.
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Spousal support requires the skill and talent of a dedicated family law attorney in order to negotiate successfully. Together with our knowledgeable staff, our law firm believes that the spouses should attempt to work out the spousal support figure outside of court. Having the decision in your own hands is preferable, as you have more control of the outcome rather than allowing a judge to make the decision for you. With our support and direction, we can successfully obtain a spousal support figure that works for all concerned.