There isn’t a standard formula that judges use to determine alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, in divorces in Queens.
Instead, the judge will look at a variety of factors in establishing the validity of any maintenance request, and weigh those items to determine things like the amount of maintenance and the duration during which it should be paid.
Rather than a hard formula, there are some rules of thumb in a divorce case that apply to maintenance.
First, you should earn less than your spouse and have fewer assets, known as being the “non-monied” spouse.
If you are the custodial parent of children, you will also receive a child support award, which will affect the amount paid in spousal maintenance.
If your marriage has been relatively short, you shouldn’t expect a large or long award of maintenance, whereas if your marriage has lasted decades, your award is likely to be much more substantial.
Your age, health, and potential earning power will also factor into the award.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we help clients get the most favorable outcomes in their divorces.
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