Long Island Spousal Maintenance Attorney
After you experience a divorce or separation, legal proceedings such as spousal maintenance often keep the painful issue coming back again and again. At Divins & Divins, we want to help you put the past in the past so that you can go on with your life. Our experience as Long Island divorce lawyers will help you to get through the legal process as smoothly as possible. Experience, ethics, understanding, compassion, and a desire to help you get the help you need are the trademarks of our family law practice.
Spousal maintenance, also called spousal support or alimony, is a structured paymentplan designed to protect separated couples financially. Maintenance ensures that both parties are recognized for their contribution to the marriage and rewarded accordingly. Maintenance involves the one party, who was the primary income for the family, giving financial support to the other party, whose income alone is not sufficient.
There are many different factors that the court considers when awarding maintenance. The length of the marriage, the individuals’ contributions to the marriage, and financial standings at the time of separation are just a few of the questions considered. Payment plans differ widely, from lump sums to yearly payments, and monthly payments to weekly payments.
Many other considerations exist as well. Spousal support payments are a special tax item for both parties, and you might need legal advice to decide what payment plan is best based on your contribution and tax bracket. Whether you are starting payments now or have been involved in maintenance payments for some time, you should be aware of legal obligations regarding when payments end, for what payments can be used, and what forms of payment are required or prohibited.
With so many decisions and factors affecting those decisions, we want to help you understand your options. That is why we take time with each of our clients to explain in understandable terms the complex legal environment in which those decisions take place. We believe in integrity, and we are committed to giving you all the details that you need to make an informed decision. We pursue an unrivaled professionalism and compassion that will give you the outcome you deserve and the peace of mind you desire. For a free consultation with a compassionate and competent Long Island divorce lawyer, call Divins & Divins at (516) 228-5050.