Issues involving finances are some of the most complex within the context of a divorce. Spousal maintenance, also known as spousal support, is an important aspect of almost any divorce, but it can also be a highly contested issue. Couples who divorce or separate will need to obtain the experienced legal guidance of a Long Island divorce lawyer from Sunshine & Feinstein.
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Several types of spousal support are available for the different circumstances that our clients face. Temporary spousal maintenance is when the court awards pendente lite relief so that spouses who are dependent can maintain the same type of lifestyle they became accustomed to during the marriage. Fixed durational maintenance is granted to rehabilitate and improve the employment potential of the dependent spouse. Permanent maintenance continues through the rest of the receiving spouse’s life or until they remarry.
Final orders of spousal maintenance are different from child support orders in that there is not a strict guideline for how spousal support is calculated. Domestic relations law requires the court to consider various factors when deciding on a spousal support award, including:
At Sunshine & Feinstein, we are devoted to helping our clients protect their best interests during each step of their cases. If you are looking to modify the current spousal maintenance order or need to have it enforced, we can help you.
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