If you have been ordered to pay spousal support by the court, then yes, it is legally mandatory that you make those payments.
However, if your divorce is in progress and final arrangements have not been reached, then whether you’ll have to pay support is an open question.
The court will consider things like your income and your spouse’s income, the length of the marriage, whether you or your spouse gave up earning potential by, for instance, leaving the workforce to be a stay-at-home parent, the age of both parties, and your and your spouse’s health.
If you’re worried about having to support your spouse after a divorce, the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help.
Call us at 718-725-9601 today for a free consultation with Brooklyn divorce attorneys.