Spousal Support

Long Island Spousal Support Lawyer

Helping Clients Navigate Spousal Support Matters in New York

Divorce can be a tumultuous journey, and one of the most significant concerns during the process is often the financial well-being of both parties involved. At The Virdone Law Firm, P.C., we understand that spousal support, also known as alimony, can be complex and contentious in any divorce. Our dedicated team of Long Island spousal support lawyers is here to guide you through this challenging aspect of divorce proceedings.


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What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony, is a financial arrangement ordered by the court to provide financial assistance from one spouse to another following a divorce. Spousal support aims to help the lower-earning or financially disadvantaged spouse maintain a standard of living close to what they were accustomed to during the marriage.

Spousal support is not guaranteed in every divorce case. Its determination is based on various factors, including the financial situation and needs of both spouses, the marriage length, and the contribution of each spouse to the marriage. It is essential to consult with an experienced Long Island spousal support lawyer to understand how these factors apply to your specific situation.

Types of Spousal Support in New York

In New York, several types of spousal support may be awarded. These types include:

  • Temporary Spousal Support: This type of support is granted during the divorce process to ensure that the financially disadvantaged spouse has financial stability until a final agreement is reached.
  • Rehabilitative Spousal Support: Rehabilitative support is intended to financially assist the receiving spouse while they acquire the necessary skills or education to become self-supporting. It is often awarded when one spouse has been out of the workforce for an extended period.
  • Permanent Spousal Support: Permanent support is awarded in cases where one spouse may never achieve financial independence due to age, health, or other reasons. It continues until the receiving spouse remarries, either spouse passes away, or there is a significant change in circumstances.
  • Reimbursement Spousal Support: This type of support is awarded when one spouse supports the other through education or training with the expectation of enjoying the financial benefits in the future. If this expectation is not realized, reimbursement support may be granted.
  • Transitional Spousal Support: Transitional support is designed to help the lower-earning spouse transition to a post-divorce life. It is typically awarded when significant financial adjustments are needed, such as selling a home or moving to a new location.

Who Gets Spousal Support in a Divorce?

The decision to award spousal support depends on several factors, including the financial situation of both spouses, the length of the marriage, and each spouse's contributions to the marital estate. In Long Island, as in the rest of New York, the courts consider the following when determining spousal support:

  • Income Disparity: The difference in income between the two spouses is a critical factor. The lower-earning spouse may be eligible for support to ensure they can maintain a similar standard of living.
  • Marital Standard of Living: The courts aim to provide the lower-earning spouse with financial resources to continue living at a standard similar to what they experienced during the marriage.
  • Length of Marriage: The duration of the marriage can impact the type and duration of spousal support. Longer marriages often result in more extended or permanent support orders.
  • Contributions to the Marriage: The contributions of each spouse during the marriage are assessed. This includes financial and non-financial contributions. 
  • Age and Health: The age and health of both spouses are considered. In some cases, older or less healthy spouses may receive support for extended periods.

It's important to note that spousal support can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances for either party. Our experienced Long Island spousal support lawyers can help you navigate the process of seeking or modifying spousal support to ensure your financial security.

Contact Our Long Island Spousal Support Attorney Today 

At The Virdone Law Firm, P.C., our dedicated team of Long Island spousal support lawyers is here to help you understand your rights and responsibilities regarding spousal support during your divorce. We understand the intricacies of New York's spousal support laws and family law matters and are here to guide you through the legal process, ensuring that your financial interests are protected.


Contact The Virdone Law Firm, P.C. today to schedule a consultation with our spousal support lawyer in Long Island!  


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