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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..."

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" 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."

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" 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."

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Divorce can be overwhelmingly complex and stressful for all parties involved, especially when they have to go into court to settle matters regarding shared property and finances. Unless otherwise stipulated in a prenuptial agreements, the spouse with a higher income is generally required to make payments to the other for a set amount of time following the legal formalization of their separation. The length and size of alimony payments depend on many different factors, including the duration of the marriage and the incomes of both parties.

Notable Alimony Laws in New York

New York enforces broad and detailed legislation to guide divorce proceedings, including limits on the income and assets to be shared between separating spouses. Upon filing for divorce, the spouse generating the highest income is required to make temporary alimony payments to support the other until the court issues a final judgement. A final judgement of durational alimony may last for several months or years, up to half as long as the length of the marriage.

These payments, known as pendente lite maintenance, are based on the supporting spouse’s income up to a maximum of $543,000. However, final alimony payments awarded by the court are based on the spouse’s income only up to a cap of $175,000. New York law leaves many of the details of a case up to the court, so the judge may use a lower amount to base alimony on than the maximum cap. This makes legal counsel essential for anyone concerned about protecting their financial well-being during a divorce.

Calculations for Spousal Maintenance

There are several guideline calculations used to share income between spouses following a divorce. While the formulas can be somewhat complicated and subject to change with new legislation, the result is usually derived by comparing fractions of income from both parties. A wide gap between incomes will result in higher payments up to the $175,000 cap. It’s also important to note that child support factors into the formula, so alimony is considered as part of the supported spouse’s income when calculating child support payments.

Most couples that file for divorce settle their financial commitments through durational alimony, which means payments are only made for a limited amount of time. In New York, there is a basic formula used to guide the court regarding duration of payments. Marriages lasting less than 15 years typically result in alimony that lasts for 15 to 30 percent of that length, while those lasting over 20 years result in payments for up to 35 to 50 percent instead.

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While there are statutory formulas that dictate how finances are allocated, there is still a lot of room for debate and argument in the courtroom. That’s why you should consult with a licensed New York durational alimony lawyer to make the best case possible whether you are the supporting spouse or the dependent spouse. An experienced attorney can help you fight for your rights to property so you can maintain your previous quality of life while dealing with the emotional strain of separation.

Durational alimony is a kind of maintenance that is mainly given to a party for a specific period of time. This form of alimony is mainly to provide assistance to those who are in need of additional economic support in addition to the maintenance that is already being produced. Either [party can file a durational alimony and is generally approved by a court of law if adequate evidence is presented, and if the court sees it fit. Durational alimony is only given after a court hearing, or some form of proceeding is conducted. Different states in America have various laws for durational alimony, with some having different provisions as compared to others.

How Is Durational Alimony Different From Standard Alimony

Durational alimony is different from regular alimony in many ways. For starters, it is given only for a limited period of time. This period is again, usually set by the court of law, similar to the amount that has to be paid. The period of durational alimony can be anywhere, from one month to a period of a year. The duration is sometimes uncertain, and can generally be extended if the need arises. The durational alimony usually lasts until the party that it needs to be paid to has been able to reach economic stability once again. However, durational alimony can be done instead of normal maintenance altogether, or with, in addition to the amount already being paid. Alimony was never designed to be permanent, however, in a lot of cases goes on for an extremely extended period of time.

Durational Alimony In New York

Durational Alimony is the kind of alimony that is mostly given to parties in the state of New York. The giver of the alimony is usually the person in the relationship who has the higher income, and never the other way around. This alimony is meant to resituate the other party, and to help them get back on their feet, either to attain a better job, better skills or sometimes, to merely maintain themselves. Alimony has always been a form of rehabilitation, and a way to help the person who the party used to be married to. The state of New York rarely ever grants nondurational alimony, where the period during which the party has to pay the amount is not fixed. This is only the case when the party receiving the alimony is in dire need, has a form of disability of disease, or is in no way going to be able to maintain themselves or fund their basic needs. In cases where the two parties have been married for an extended period, the courts grant durational alimony. However, in shorter marriages where the party on the receiving end is going to be able to support themselves in the future and is physically and mentally fit, then durational alimony is granted. This period rarely ever exceeds the time frame of the entire marriage.

Why Should You Opt For A Durational Alimony Lawyer

While it is a court proceeding, the process of divorce and granting alimony can be one that is hurdled with emotions. People in the midst of these situations often don’t reason well and end up with unfavorable alimony agreements, which may not work well for their interests. Alimony lawyers are specially trained to deal with this kind of cases and know exactly what needs to be done to ensure that their clients are satisfied with the agreement that they get. Alimony lawyers can look at the situation from a purely legal perspective and can provide solutions that clients don’t usually see because of lack of legal experience.


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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!
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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.
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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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