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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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Going through a divorce is always a trying time, even under the best of circumstances. However, once it becomes clear that a marriage cannot be salvaged, the goal for any spouse should be to achieve the best possible exit for themselves, their children and, yes, even their other spouse. Pursuing the most amicable and cooperative outcome in a divorce should always be a top priority. That’s why it’s imperative to get the best legal team possible in your corner. Especially where significant assets are at stake, there are simply too many ways for an individual without a competent legal team to make costly mistakes. Our lawyers have decades of experience and hundreds of successfully completed divorce proceedings. We can help.

Alimony negotiations are a minefield

If you are going through a divorce and your spouse has hired legal counsel, you need to drop everything and hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Decisions that come out of divorce proceedings can affect you for the rest of your life. None of these decisions is potentially more life-altering than alimony payments.

Often times, a judge will determine that the parent with residential custody receive alimony or child support payments from the non-custodial parent. This can be utterly ruinous for the parent who is saddled with the payments, especially considering that the custodial spouse has likely already been given a sizable portion of the couple’s assets, often times including their primary residence.

But even in cases where the marriage has produced no children or where the children have reached the age of majority, courts will often award alimony payments to spouses who did not contribute income to the marriage. These alimony payments are often awarded on the theory that the non-productive spouse should be able to maintain the lifestyle that they previously enjoyed, not merely their ability to meet their basic necessities. And these payments can be awarded over incredibly long periods, sometimes even permanently.

This means that the income-producing spouse can be saddled with exorbitant payments that they will legally be compelled to cough up every month, sometimes for the rest of their lives or the life of their spouse. These payments can range from a couple hundred dollars per month to millions per year. And the chances of a court ordering you to make alimony payments rises precipitously if you haven’t yet hired a solid legal team to aid in your defense.

Luckily, our lawyers have many ways to prevent our clients from being unfairly saddled with permanent alimony payments. Even if some form of alimony is inevitable or justified, we can ensure that it will never be more than a few hundred dollars per month. This doesn’t just allow our clients to avoid financial ruin. It also prevents the extremely bitter feelings that can come with unfair divorce settlements, making everyone’s lives unpleasant, no matter the money they may be receiving.

Another potential source of woe from divorce proceedings is the awarding of child support. This can be an even trickier issue, as judges will often award child support amounts not based on what the children’s basic needs are but on the perceived ability of the income-earning spouse to make payments. It is, therefore, not uncommon to see child support amounts being awarded in the multiple thousands of dollars, per month.

It is imperative that you hire a legal team who can protect you and your assets from predatory divorce settlements.

Alimony helps to ensure that a supported spouse can continue to maintain his or her married lifestyle after a divorce. In some instances, the support is considered permanent and can only be ended under certain circumstances. In New York, alimony is also referred to as “maintenance.”

What Factors Influence Alimony?

A divorcing couple can negotiate to determine how much is paid for permanent alimony. However, a judge ultimately determines if the amount is fair. In assessing the agreement between a couple and in deciding how much is owed, the judge will consider certain factors.

The length of the marriage and the present and future earning capacities of each spouse are two of the most important factors considered. The education and training of both spouses is also factored into the decision.

If the couple has children, the judge will assess whether caring for them has an impact on the custodial parent’s ability to earn a living. The distribution of marital property is also a factor.

Other factors a judge can consider include health insurance benefits lost after the divorce, taxes, expenses related to the care of the children that extend beyond child support, and the need to care for others outside of the children.

What Can End Permanent Alimony?

Even though the spousal support received might be termed “permanent alimony,” it can be ended in certain situations. For instance, if the recipient has an increase in income, the judge could decide that maintenance is no longer necessary.

The maintenance could also end or the court’s order could be modified if there is a change in circumstances for the payer. If the payer loses his or her job or has a reduction in salary, the original order could be reduced or terminated.

In addition to these instances, alimony could end if the recipient remarries. In New York, true cohabitation could also have an impact on whether maintenance continues. Cohabitation is more than the occasional overnight visit from a girlfriend or boyfriend. When a recipient spouse has a live-in partner, this could be considered cohabitation.

What If Alimony Is Not Paid?

A court order for permanent alimony does not necessarily mean it will be honored by the payer. If he or she misses payments, the recipient has legal options available to have the spousal support order enforced.

Before involving the court, the recipient’s attorney can contact the payer to determine if there is a reasonable justification for the missed payments. For instance, if the payer was sick and unable to work for a period, there might not be a need to involve the court if he or she is planning to continue the payments soon.

If there is not a justified reason for missing payments, the recipient can ask the court for help. The court will likely consider the payer spouse in contempt of court. In addition to having to pay arrears, the payer spouse could face a fine for disobeying the original court order.

The judge could also issue a withholding order. The order would be sent to the employer of the payer spouse. The employer would withhold a set amount from the payer spouse’s paycheck before he or she receives his or her pay.

A divorce attorney can help with every step of the permanent alimony process. He or she can help with the negotiations with the other spouse and provide an assessment of any offers received to determine if they are fair. The attorney can even help with taking steps to have the order enforced.


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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