A Warren County, NY Alimony Lawyer Will Fight for You
Divorce is already a difficult process; the prospect of financial difficulties makes the proceedings even more challenging. Spousal support, familiarly known as alimony, is intended to provide assistance to a lower earning spouse facing potential economic hardship.
Considering the complex laws and emotional stakes, it is important to trust experienced, knowledgeable alimony attorneys with your case. At The Colwell Law Group, LLC, our alimony lawyers are dedicated to serving your needs in spousal support matters, regardless of whether you are seeking or contesting alimony. We have been assisting clients in the Capital Region and Upstate New York with all aspects of divorce since 2005, and we can help you, too.
Spousal Maintenance Laws in New York
Generally, divorce laws recognize that one spouse may suffer financial hardship as a result of divorce. Alimony is an arrangement that levels the playing field, so that a lower earning party can live in relative comfort and become economically self-sufficient. Divorcing spouses may agree on spousal maintenance, but a court will apply a specific formula under New York State law in the event of disputes. Factors include:
- The age and health of the parties, in the context of their ability to earn a living;
- The duration of the marriage;
- Current income and future earning capacity;
- The potential of the spouse seeking alimony to become self-sufficient through education or training;
- Asset division;
- Whether one party gave up employment or education opportunities to contribute to the family,
- Whether one spouse made contributions to further the career opportunities of the other; and,
- Many other considerations.
These factors provide guidance to the Warren County Family Court, both in determining whether alimony is appropriate and the amount. Note that gender is not a consideration in spousal maintenance decisions.