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Long Island Spousal Support Lawyers

There is a lot to know when it comes to Long Island, New York spousal support. When many people hear spousal support, they only think about money, but there are many other things to factor in besides money. For example, spousal support is based on the defendant’s monthly wage. Regardless of what your bills amount to on a monthly basis, the court can only order the defendant to pay a certain amount of money.

Children make payment schedules even more complicated. If it is found that the defendant has custody of the children more than the plaintiff, the court will usually lower the spousal support payments.

Additionally, what complicates things even more, especially in today’s time, is health insurance. Courts can order the defendant to keep the plaintiff on his/her health insurance for a specified period of time, or the health insurance can act as a spousal support payment. This means the defendant will be responsible for any copayment associated with the defendant.

Pensions are another important factor when considering spousal support and one that a lot of people forget to address. Today, many people are getting divorced very young. Most of these people already have retirement plans in place, but they will not collect these retirement plans for 20-30 years. However, once the retirement plan can be collected, the other party in the case has the right to a portion of the retirement plan. Too many people forget about this, and it hurts them later when they think they can retire and never work again. This is the main reason why 70% of Americans have to go back to work after retirement.

In long island, New York spousal support is the law that governs how much a defendant has to pay to a plaintiff while the divorce is going through the standard motions. After the divorce is over, maintenance support activates. This law governs how much a defendant has to pay a plaintiff until he/she marries another person.

Long Island spousal support lawyer is crucially important today, especially with everyone focusing on having a retirement plan and excellent health benefits. An attorney can fight for the plaintiff to make sure he/she is getting the full payment deserved to him/her. A lot of times, people who are going through a divorce do not communicate much, so one party could have a secret account with a lot of funds in it or a secret business that is doing well. An attorney would investigate the entire situation, and he/she will always try to get more for the plaintiff.

An attorney is also responsible for making sure proper custodian finances are paid to the plaintiff if the plaintiff has full custody. If the defendant is not paying, the attorney can file an order with the court to have the defendant’s visitation rights revoked until he/she makes the proper payments.

Dealing with finances can be challenging, especially at a time when emotions are in an uproar. It is always best to have an attorney who can act as a counselor for both the plaintiff and the defendant. Attorneys are good at helping divorced couples come to an agreement, even if it takes weeks or months. Furthermore, an attorney will always remind both the plaintiff and defendant to look at the long-term effects of the spousal support agreement. During a separation, the plaintiff and defendant will be emotionally tied to the short-term effects.

It is important to remember that beyond being a relationship matter, divorce is a legal procedure. In the United States, divorce is defined as the termination of a marriage by legal action, something that requires not only the input of the involved parties but also the involvement of the court. As such, it’s a good idea for those who are considering a divorce to start the process by considering whether or not they currently meet the legal requirements for divorce. While some of these requirements may seem obvious, others may be surprising to those who have never previously been through a divorce.

A Legal Marriage

The starting point for any divorce is a marriage. While the precise legal definitions of divorce might differ between states, each state does note that the divorce requires the dissolution of a legal marriage. If you and a partner have not been married, then, you may not be divorced. Likewise, those who consider themselves to be married but who have not met the legal requirements for having a valid marriage cannot be divorced. Somewhat confusingly, those who are considered by their states to be in a common law marriage may obtain a standard divorce even if they themselves have never considered themselves to be married.

A Petititon or Complaint

A divorce also requires a petition for the divorce by at least one of the two involved parties. You may not simply declare yourself divorced and have that declaration carry a legal weight. You may work through the legal divorce with your partner and have minimal interference by the court, but the petition or complaint is a necessary legal part of the process. If there is no paperwork filed with the court, there is no divorce and no substantial change to the legal relationship between the two parties.


If you which to get divorced in a state, you must meet the residency requirements of that state. In New York, at least one of the two parties must meet very specific residency requirements. To prove residency, one of these three things must hold true:

– At least one spouse must have lived in New York for two continuous years before the divorce.

– At least one spouse must have lived in New York for one year before the divorce, and either the grounds for divorce happened in New York or the marriage itself happened in New York.

– Both parties are New York residents and the grounds for divorce happened in New York.

Grounds for Divorce

The state in which you live will determine what legal grounds you must have for divorce. While many states have moved towards so-called “no-fault” divorces, New York State still requires individuals to show one of seven reasons for divorce for the process to be completed. Though the burden is not necessarily as onerous as it was in years past, it should be noted that one must still show the grounds upon which a divorce should be granted. The seven grounds for divorce are as follows:

Irretrievable Breakdown

Often considered New York’s version of a no-fault divorce, a divorce can be granted under these grounds if the marriage has been over for at least six months and all other legal and economic issues (including custody) have been divided.


For the grounds of abandonment to be considered, one party must either leave the marital home for a period of one year with no intention of returning or refuse to engage in sexual relations with his or her spouse for an equal period of time.


If one spouse was in prison for at least three years and was put into prison after the marriage had begun, the grounds of imprisonment may be used for divorce.

Cruel and Inhumane Treatment

These grounds may be used if one party to the marriage was put in mental or physical harm during the last five years and continuing to be in the marriage would put that party in danger.


For the grounds of adultery to be used, it must be proven that one partner committed adultery during the marriage. This must be proven through evidence, not including that from either party to the divorce.

Legal Separation

A divorce may be granted after both parties file a valid separation agreement with the court and live apart for one year.

Judgment of Separation

An incredibly rare occurrence, these grounds occur when the state Supreme Court issues a judgment of separation and the couple lives apart for at least a year.

Obtaining a divorce in New York means meeting all the criteria above. As such, it’s always important to consult an attorney before beginning the divorce process.

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Charle Butler
Charle Butler
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!



Spodek Law Group have offered me excellent support and advice thru a very difficult time. I feel I've dealt with someone who truly cares and wants the best outcome for you and yours. I'm extremely grateful for all the help Spodek Law Group has offered me. I can't recommend them enough.

~ David Bruce

Spodek Law Group was incredibly professional and has given me the best advice I could wish for. They had been helpful and empathetic to my stressful situation. Would highly recommend Spodek Law Group to anyone I meet.

~ Rowlin Garcia

Best service I ever had. Todd is absolutely class personified. You are in the safest hands with spodek. They have their clients interest in mind.

~ Francis Anim

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