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Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, is a key factor in many divorces. If you are preparing for a divorce and are concerned about your spousal support determination, The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. is ready to hear from you. Alimony can be a hotly contested matter. Often, couples disagree with what the other deserves and it can easily lead to an emotional court battle. Our dedicated Suffolk County divorce attorneys are well-versed in New York’s alimony laws and how they can affect those facing a divorce. We're ready to navigate these cases for our clients and ensure that their spousal maintenance ruling is given the consideration it deserves. Get more than 25 years of family law and divorce experience on your side. Contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to explore your legal options with an effective attorney.

Spousal Maintenance

Key factors for spousal maintenance

In decades past, it was assumed men would provide alimony to women following a divorce and were often ordered to do so indefinitely. However, the court has recognized that society has changed and now employs a more balanced view on the issue of alimony, starting with the duration that it must be paid.

In New York, spousal maintenance can be ordered:

  • For 15 to 30% of a marriage that lasted 15 years or under
  • For 30 to 40% of a marriage that lasted between 16 to 20 years
  • For 35 to 50% of a marriage that lasted 20 years or more

There is now also a cap on how much spousal support can be paid based on the annual income of the payor. Previously, that cap stood at $543,000/year. Now, it is at $175,000/year, a dramatic decrease.

The court also makes a number of important spousal maintenance considerations when child custody and child support are also factors in a divorce. These adjustments are aimed at making sure that dependent spouses and children get the support they need without overburdening the paying parent. In addition, a court will consider marital property, the earning potential, education and training of each party, and obligations to family members, just to name a few.

Marital fault’s impact on spousal maintenance

New York is generally a no-fault divorce state, but some choose to cite fault grounds to start a divorce because they believe that fault grounds will have a major impact on the decision. People believe that if their spouse cheated on them, the court will award them more support or decide to limit the obligation to the dependent party that was unfaithful. This is generally not the case and your spouse’s adultery will have little impact on your divorce if any. If one party was caught wastefully dissipating, transferring, or encumbering marital property, especially money, it can play a role in the obligation for alimony. If the independent party inhibited the earning capacity of the dependent spouse or became unemployed or underemployed to limit the obligation for support, this could be a significant matter for the courts.

Contact an experienced Suffolk County alimony attorney

Alimony is a significant matter in a divorce. It is important to consult with an attorney that can guide you through these complex matters. If you have questions about spousal maintenance is determined in New York, our firm is ready to assist you. Our knowledgeable, effective legal team knows what it takes to assert our clients’ needs in court and how to ensure that a spousal support determination is both fair and adequate. For a consultation, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C.

Why choose our firm?

We have an excellent AVVO rating from our many happy clients

We will tirelessly pursue a favorable resolution to your case

We offer aggressive and effective representation

We treat our clients with the compassion, patience, and respect that they deserve

We have more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience

We have the legal knowledge necessary to help you obtain the outcome you desire

We tailor our practice to the representation of your divorce case

What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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