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Buffalo Spousal Maintenance Lawyer

Establishing Alimony in Buffalo, NY

In New York, "maintenance" is the amount of money that one spouse may be required to pay another spouse during a divorce and/or after a divorce has been finalized. In some states, maintenance is also known as spousal support or alimony, but regardless of the name, the purpose of maintenance is to ensure that the spouse who earns less is able to retain a lifestyle similar to what the couple enjoyed while being married.

Spousal support is not always awarded just to one individual and can last for a short or long period of time. A Buffalo divorce attorney from my firm can help you determine what your specific situation may look like. At The Law Office of Charles A. Messina, I stand ready to provide outstanding assistance to clients and help them ensure that they receive what they need from their maintenance orders.

Who can receive spousal maintenance in New York?

While every case is different and unique to the individuals involved, most maintenance orders are required to be paid to a lesser-earning spouse in a divorce. For example, if one spouse stayed home for 20 years to raise children, sacrificing their career, the higher income earner may be required to pay a portion of their salary to the stay-at-home spouse until she or he can become financially independent. Some of the factors that are taken into consideration include:

  • Income
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • The ability of each spouse to earn an income
  • The age and health of the parties
  • Financial resources of the parties
  • Tax Consequences of the parties
  • Length of the marriage

In cases that involve children, custody and child support payments may also come into consideration when determining maintenance. In cases that involve children custody of children may come into consideration and payment of maintenance can affect child support. With so many factors potentially affecting the outcome of your maintenance order, it is important that you contact The Law Office of Charles A. Messina.

How Long Is Spousal Maintenance Paid?

The duration of maintenance depends on a variety of factors. There are no set rules, and judges usually have broad discretion when it comes to awarding maintenance. In general, the longer the marriage, the greater likelihood of a longer maintenance plan.

When an ex-spouse remarries or dies, then maintenance will end.

Reach a Fair Spousal Support Arrangement

Money is a sensitive topic in divorce, and one spouse may feel that they are being treated unfairly if they are ordered to pay spousal support. To ensure that your rights are protected, it is important that you contact The Law Office of Charles A. Messina right away. At my firm, I look into the specific family dynamics of each case and make sure that my clients are able to receive amicable resolutions to their cases.

I take all unique factors into consideration and establish an effective game plan to help you reach your legal goals. If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact a Buffalo divorce lawyer at The Law Office of Charles A. Messina right away.

Complete a free case evaluation form as soon as possible to receive a consultation by phone. Retaining an attorney at my firm can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Call today!

The Law Office of Charles A. Messina - Buffalo Divorce Attorney
Located at 3990 McKinley Pkwy #3
Buffalo, NY 14219. View Map

Phone: (716) 980-1959 | Local Phone: (716) 634-7777.

The information on this website is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice for any individual case or situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.
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