When a marriage ends because of one spouse’s bad behavior, the other often feels that permanent maintenance as a financial punishment is warranted.
Unfortunately, divorce court is no longer a place where one spouse gets soaked and the other walks away with their wealth, however justified such an outcome might be.
Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is awarded in many divorces, but permanent maintenance is typically reserved for cases where the lower earning spouse will never be self-supporting in the workplace.
This may be due to age and the number of years a person has been out of traditional employment, or health issues that will prevent the spouse from ever having the kind of earning power they might otherwise.
The length of the marriage matters, too.
A healthy person divorcing at 35 after ten years of marriage will be considered much more likely to recapture wealth from work than the same person divorcing at 55 after a marriage of many decades.
If you’re facing a divorce because your spouse has cheated or left you for someone else, there are still numerous ways to affect maintenance and maximize your ultimate settlement.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help.
Call us today at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation with an experienced Brooklyn spousal maintenance attorney.