Suffolk County Family Law Attorneys Assisting with Spousal Support/Maintenance (Previously Known as Alimony) on Long Island
Helping clients obtain a fresh start after divorce in Suffolk and Nassau Counties
The time after divorce can pose financial challenges. Formerly, the law virtually guaranteed spousal support (often referred to as alimony or maintenance) to ex-wives. But modern marriages can be more broadly defined, and with it, spousal support is not as straightforward. Both spouses often contribute financially to the household — and many fathers stay home with the children. Same-sex couples, recently given the right to marry, also divorce. The courts no longer favor wives in spousal support decisions, and they may see no need to grant support to either spouse.
At the law firm of Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP, we help clients in Suffolk and Nassau Counties and throughout Long Island assess their anticipated financial needs after divorce. We then guide clients through a negotiated settlement or a courtroom process to obtain the support required to regain sound financial footing and move forward.
Requirements for pursuing spousal support
New York divorce law does not guarantee financial support to either spouse. Under the New York Uniform Court Rules for Matrimonial Practice, the courts require a preliminary conference to review the financial status of both parties prior to the divorce proceedings. In most cases, divorce attorneys must make the courts aware of requests for spousal support before or during the preliminary conference.
It is important to understand that in most cases, financial agreements terminate when the need for extra financial support ends — for example, when the spouse receiving these payments remarries or enters into a long-term cohabitation arrangement. Or, when the receiving spouse develops a career that earns a good income, the spouse paying support may take action to end the arrangement.
Before you enter into an agreement to pay or receive spousal support, you should discuss your situation with an attorney who is experienced in handling these matters. At Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP, we can provide you with knowledgeable legal advice and help protect your rights.
Contact us to pursue the maintenance to help you start a new life after divorce
The attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP work with clients in Suffolk County and other areas of Long Island to address financial issues after divorce. To discuss your legal issues and learn how we can help you, contact us online or call us at 631-360-0400.