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Are Pendente Lite And Alimony Awards Interchangeable In Brooklyn?

No, a pendente lite order is a temporary order that applies during your divorce and will be replaced by the orders made in your divorce settlement, which may or may not include alimony, known in New York as spousal maintenance.

For pendente lite support, the court looks at each party’s income, and when the lower earner earns less than two-thirds of the higher earner’s salary, pendente lite is usually ordered.

There are other scenarios where a court will approve temporary maintenance as well.

Spousal maintenance awards, on the other hand, are based on a much more thorough understanding of the financial position of each party in the divorce, the length of the marriage, the age and health of the spouses, and similar factors.

Spousal maintenance may be awarded for a certain duration or, more rarely, as a permanent transfer.

At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we make sure that the court has the information it needs to protect our clients at the start of their divorce and at its conclusion.

Call us today at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation with an experienced Brooklyn divorce lawyer.

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