It’s very likely that if your spouse has been out of the workforce for a period of time, that you’ll have to pay alimony, also known as spousal maintenance, for at least some duration following your divorce.
Courts tend to err on the side of keeping a lower-earning spouse financially afloat while they situate themselves in the workforce when a marriage dissolves, so even if your spouse has an advanced degree or used to work in a field with higher earnings than you bring home, you’ll probably still have to support them for a while.
How much support they receive, and for how long, has a lot to do with the work your attorney does on your behalf.
There are a number of ways to develop a support arrangement, and assets and debts can usually be traded to negotiate better terms.
If you’re concerned about excessive spousal maintenance payments in your Brooklyn divorce, call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation with experienced Brooklyn divorce lawyers.