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To be sure that you are getting spousal support after ending a marriage, you need to work with a lawyer that is able assist you. These attorneys will be valuable, because they understand the ins and outs of New York family law — particularly in the realm of spousal support. Because of the ramifications and outcome of the case, you need to think about the tips below and use them in a way that is helpful.

When Is Spousal Maintenance Necessary?

As a rule of thumb, the spouse who earns a higher income would be the one who is ordered to pay their ex-spouse a fee every month called spousal maintenance. It typically only becomes necessary when one spouse earns substantially more income than the other. A textbook case scenario is when a husband worked full time as the breadwinner and his wife stayed home with the children throughout the duration of the marriage, never earning income. In the event of a dovirce, she would not be capable of earning enough money in the way her husband did to support the lifestyle she and/or the children are accustomed to living.  In this scenario, the husband would likely be ordered by the family court to pay spousal maintenance

Who Needs a Spousal Maintenance Lawyer?

A spousal maintenance support lawyer is required by both the awardee and the payee when issues come up in their case. For example, if a court awarded spousal maintenance, but the payments aren’t being made, a lawyer can help you. If you were ordered to pay spousal maintenance and feel the amount is unjust or have other questions or concerns, a lawyer can also provide legal expertise in your matter. An attorney offers assistance to those seeking financial support from their spouse.

Find a Spousal Support Attorney That Values Your Best Interests

To really set the tone for your spousal support case, make sure that you reach out to a few good law firms to learn more about how they can serve you. By taking the time to contact skilled lawyers, you’ll have professional quality service when determining a prudent and appropriate spousal support amount, filing a legally binding petition and going through court proceedings. By getting about three different consults from family lawyers in New York, you’ll have a better understanding of these cases and what you can expect from them.

The Spodek Law Group might be a great starting point for you in that regard, because they are skilled and have become a fixture in the New York family law scene. The firm has existed for more than 50 years and can be an asset when you are seeking spousal rights after a divorce.

Learn What Things Will Be Considered For Your Spousal Support Case

A lot of terms come into play when determining spousal support. For instance, spousal support can be issued for years or for temporary maintenance in the middle of a divorce. Every case is different, but there are some specific guidelines that the courts will lean toward.

Some examples of things the courts will consider include current and potential earning potential of each person, whether or not the two of you live together before marriage, education and training costs and which parent has custody of the children. Once you understand the variables that will be combed through during your case, you and your family law attorney will be able to more strategically put together a winning case.

Knowing these things will be helpful whether you end up getting a resolution in court or figuring things out in settlements.

Temporary Maintenance During Your Case

In some New York divorces, temporary maintenance can be ordered or agreed upon between the spouses. Temporary maintenance is designed to help a spouse going through a divorce proceeding to meet more immediate financial needs. It is based on a consideration of their needs, in conjunction with a recognition of that spouse’s standard of living that existed under the shelter of the marriage.

The state of New York has set up very specific legal guidelines for temporary maintenance. The guidelines includes a worksheet that is designed to calculate the proposed amount of maintenance to award on a temporary basis while divorce proceedings are ongoing.

Temporary maintenance customarily remains in effect until a final divorce decree is entered in a matter. In some cases, a temporary maintenance order could be altered or even eliminated in advance of the final divorce ruling.

Generally speaking, in divorce proceedings, a court must follow the temporary maintenance guidelines established by New York legislation. A court is empowered to deviate from the state-mandated temporary maintenance guidelines in a scenario where the guidelines calculation workout in reality to be unjust or inappropriate.

How Long is the Higher-Earning Spouse Required to Pay Spousal Maintenance?

Here are the ways that spousal support can terminate: 

  1. Upon the untimely death of one of the spouses
  2. When the recipient of the spousal maintenance gets remarried
  3. On a date predetermined by a court of law
  4. When the judge determines that the recipient spouse has had plenty of time to get a good job and become self-supporting
  5. If retirement or job loss happens.  In such cases, if the payments are not altogether terminated, at minimum, the amount of spousal maintenance can be reconsidered

Spousal support can be paid over the long run or for a short timeframe. There is no overarching “right or wrong” length of time for spousal maintenance, but getting in touch with a New York spousal maintenance lawyer to help with your matter is good housekeeping. An attorney will be able to help a client receive the maximum amount they are entitled to, or to pay the lowest amount, depending on who is being represented in the case.

Be Prepared To Work With Your Lawyer On An Ongoing Basis

It is so crucial that you hire the best family law firm that you can find since they will potentially be representing you in this matter for a long time. The case is not necessarily over once spousal support is granted. The other party has the opportunity to dispute the ruling or get amounts adjusted or removed altogether during the terms of the agreement.

It is important to always have a law firm by your side that can help you with these potential modifications or other situations that come into play when dealing with any family law matter. Once you are clear on the pedigree of your law firm, you’ll be more relieved to know that you have made the right decision on who can represent you in these matters.

Think about these terms if you are dealing with a spousal support matter. These points will come into play and it is necessary that you find a quality attorney who can be your advocate as you go through each step of the process.


Based on 362 reviews.
Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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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
2021-03-05
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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
2021-03-03
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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
2021-03-02
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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
2021-02-26
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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
2021-02-24
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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.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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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
2021-02-23
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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!

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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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