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Any time that you are looking to get the most out of a divorce case, you’ll need to understand the points that will make it happen smoothly. When you and your spouse are going through the divorce process, hurt feelings can become problematic and make it difficult to go through divorce proceedings properly. If you are a divorcee that not only wants help for your filing, but to also seek things like alimony, you’ll need to look at the big picture when going through the necessary guidelines.

Think of these tips below so that you get help with any sort of divorce case.

#1: Know what New York divorce law states

According to New York divorce law, you are able to file an uncontested no-fault divorce petition or a fault divorce petition. In terms of fault divorce, some reasons for dissolution of marriage include adultery, cruel treatment and imprisonment. The type of divorce filing that you get will also inform the rest of the steps that you must take.

When you are filing a no-fault divorce, all you need to claim is that the two of you have differences that are irretrievable. From here, you will need to file separate petitions related to things like child custody and alimony. You may need to hire a lawyer sooner than you think, because even when filing for alimony or custody, there may be a claim over which spouse is responsible for handling the legal filing fees.

#2: File for alimony if necessary

Alimony is something that is common in divorce cases, because it provides spousal support either long-term or short-term. Alimony is paid out in order to grant the other divorcee the lifestyle that they had while married. This can be done on a long-term basis for in the short term just to give the other spouse enough time to make income of their own. Because a lot of this will come down to the discretion of the judge, hiring a seasoned law firm is necessary.

Whether you are the person filing for alimony or if you feel like your spouse is asking for alimony unnecessarily or in an unreasonable amount, you too will need a professional law firm to assist you.

How Exatly Does Alimony Work?

The general rule regarding alimony or spousal maintenance is that the spouse who earns more is ordered to send their ex a payment each month to help with their living expenses. Alimony typically only gets ordered by a court when one spouse earns substantially more than the other one does. A good example of this is in a home where the husband works and supports the family and the wife was a homemaker, caring for the household and the kids throughout their entire marriage without ever working outside the home for a paycheck. She would not able to earn an income as much as her husband did to support the kind of lifestyle she and/or the kids are accustomed to living.  This means that the husband might be ordered by the family court to pay alimony.

Do All Divorce Cases Have Alimony or Spousal Support?

The issuance of an alimony order (more commonly referred to in modern times as spousal support or spousal maintenance) is by no stretch of the imagination obligatory in a Yonkers divorce. The judge in family court will take a number of factors under consideration in determining whether, to what extent, and for what length of timespousal support would be appropriate. Some of the factors the include:

  • The length of time of the marriage
  • The age and health of both of the spouses
  • Whether there are children of the marriage living in the respective homes of the parties
  • The need to take care of exceptional additional living expenses for the child/children, including but not limited to schooling, daycare and medical treatment
  • The ability of the party who is petitioning for alimony to become self-supporting and, if applicable, the period of time and training needed to get them on their own feet
  • The equitable distribution of marital assets and liabilities

How is Alimony Calculated?

The biggest questions about alimony are how it’s calculated and how it is determined if a spouse is ordered to pay his or her ex. For the most part, if a couple has only been married a few years and they both earn around the same amount of money working in their jobs, there is very little chance either of them will be ordered to pay any alimony. If, on the other hand, it was is a long marriage and a big discrepancy in income, there are grounds for an alimony order to be issued.

As mentioned before, judges generally consider numerous factors when making the choice to calculate a fair alimony payment, but the most common factor is the present lifestyle both parties lead. A judge looks at what both spouses could earn and currently do earn in a reasonable capacity, how much it costs to live the way they do, and how well both can go on living a life similar to the one they currently live. The amount of the alimony payment is then determined based on that. Each case is unique.  No two people are ordered to pay the same amounts for the same time.  

Various Kinds of Alimony

In Yonkers, two types of alimony maintenance can be ordered.  They are referred to as Pendente Lite Maintenance and Durational Maintenance.

Pendente Lite Maintenance: So named Pendente Lite Maintenance is ordered for payment during the pendency of the divorce case up until a judgment of divorce is issued.  It is also called Temporary Maintenance.

Permanent Maintenance: Permanent Maintenance is a type of durational maintenance in which the term, or duration, is not always a fixed period of time. Instead, the maintenance is terminated upon the occurrence of some predetermined event. Termination events might include the remarriage of the recipient spouse or the death of the spouse who pays.

Rehabilitative Maintenance: This is temporary alimony maintenance that is ordered to offer the non-monied spouse financial support while he or she prepares to get back into the workforce.

Restitutional Maintenance: Restitutional maintenance is temporary support that is intended to recompense one spouse for having supported the other during marriage while he or she was working on educating themselves or completing job training.

#3: Go through mediation whenever possible

Make sure that you bring in attorneys who can assist you with mediation as well. Professional mediation gives you the chance to negotiate alimony amounts outside of court instead of wasting precious time and money handling everything at trial hearings. Even if alimony is not on the table, be sure that you take part in mediation sessions that will help you come to agreements for every other matter related to your divorce so that you are protecting your rights while remaining amicable.

These three tips alone will be helpful to you if you are a person in the state of New York who is looking to end a marriage. Hiring a divorce lawyer like Todd Spodek can be a great way to get started with this and also moved toward the desired result. His law firm is skilled at every measure of divorce law — from a typical filing to prenuptial plans or child-support hearings.

In following these guidelines, you will be protective of your rights and able to get the divorce and alimony payment that you need.

Yonkers Alimony Modifications Lawyer

New York law permits the award of alimony in certain situations. There are some limited situations in which an alimony order can be modified. In New York, alimony is also known as maintenance. The term alimony and maintenance are used interchangeably in the state. A New York alimony modification lawyer can provide you information about altering an outstanding alimony order.

Temporary Alimony

Temporary alimony is a type of maintenance that is awarded while a divorce case is pending. New York law sets forth specific guidelines for temporary maintenance.

There may be some instances in which a temporary maintenance order might be modified while a divorce case pends. For example, if the person receiving alimony pursuant to a temporary maintenance order experiences an unexpected medical issues, he or she may be able to seek an increase in the amount paid pursuant to the temporary order

Post-Divorce Maintenance

The situations in which a post-divorce maintenance order can be modified are limited. Pursuant to New York state law, post-divorce maintenance is considered a final order. Generally speaking, New York law does not permit the person receiving alimony pursuant to a post-divorce maintenance order from seeking a modification in that decree. In other words, once a post-divorce maintenance award is issued, it is considered permanent and the beneficiary cannot come back to seek an upward increase in the amount being paid.

The obligor, or person paying alimony, pursuant to a post-divorce maintenance order may be able to come back and seek a modification in limited situations. Merely because that individual sees a decrease in his or her income is not a reason to seek a modification of an alimony order.

If the person receiving alimony ultimately starts habitually living with someone else in an intimate manner, the obligor may be able to return to court to seek a modification of elimination of the alimony order. He or she may be able to seek some other types of adjustments in that type of situation.

One situation in which a boost in the amount paid in an existing alimony order might be if it is discovered that the person paying the obligation provided false financial information during the divorce proceedings. If the alimony order was based in part on fraud by the obligor, a deception that could not reasonably be discovered during the divorce proceedings, an increase in maintenance payments may be possible.

Retain Legal Representation

Because seeking an alteration of a post-divorce alimony order normally is a herculean task, seeking legal assistance is vital A skilled, experienced New York alimony modification lawyer can provide you with the advice and representation necessary to pursue an alteration of an alimony order.

At the outset, an experienced New York alimony modification lawyer will be able to tell you whether or not a modification is possible in the first instance. Once that is determined, legal counsel will provide an evaluation of the situation. The lawyer will explain what strategies may be possible to alter an existing alimony order. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about your alimony order and changes to it. As a general rule, an attorney charges no fee for an initial consultation in this type of case.


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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.
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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.
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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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