In New York, alimony or spousal support is called maintenance.  It is called such because it is defined as the amount of money and time needed for an ex-spouse to maintain him/herself.   Maintenance is not intended to equalize the parties’ respective incomes.  Recent changes in New York’s domestic relations law have provided for a formula to calculate an appropriate amount of temporary maintenance while the divorce proceeding is underway and is solely based upon the parties’ income.

While the temporary maintenance award can help give a general idea as to what a final maintenance award will be, the Court has broad discretion in determining the final amount and duration of maintenance.  The Court has a number of factors, twenty to be exact, that it must consider when making its final award.

It is vital in protecting your interest and financial future to contact an attorney who is knowledgeable of these factors and how they will impact your case.

For more information please contact Ross S. Gelber at 716-632-5919 or at