When Is Alimony Necessary?
Alimony is a very unique element of divorce, because there are few hard and fast rules about how and when it should be applied. Also referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, it is essentially designed to help a spouse get back on his or her feet. There is a new formula in New York for temporary maintenance, but courts are still figuring out how to apply it. There is no such formula when it comes to long-term maintenance.
With very little to go by in terms of law, determining whether alimony is necessary and what the amount should be requires the assistance of an experienced lawyer. At Kelton & Teichner in Queens County and Nassau County, our lawyers have more than 30 years of experience addressing these matters. We can help you pursue an outcome that is fair and sensible.
Tax Consequences Cannot Be Overlooked
Obviously, the income of each of the spouses is a critical factor in determining alimony. However, there are other issues that need to be taken into account. One of them is the tax consequences associated with alimony. The recipient of alimony has to declare it as income. The payor gets to deduct it. This is not so for child support. Furthermore, alimony arrangements should be considered in relation to property division during a divorce. We will make certain that nothing is overlooked.
Modification of Alimony
Changes in income, as well as remarriage and other issues, may lead to changes in alimony arrangements. Our lawyers will carefully review your case to help you make modifications.
Contact a New York Spousal Support Attorney for a Free Consultation
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