It’s possible that if you’ve been in a long marriage with a spouse who has become disabled by mental illness that you will be assigned a permanent spousal maintenance amount.
Permanent alimony awards are relatively uncommon, and it is possible to fight and win against a spouse’s efforts to receive a permanent award.
That said, the courts take a dim view of leaving one spouse destitute or unable to earn a living, so in a case where your spouse is profoundly mentally ill, it may be appropriate to expect some duration of spousal maintenance.
The way to protect yourself from unnecessarily large spousal maintenance awards is to work with experienced Brooklyn divorce attorneys who can craft and present a persuasive case for a narrower award, or none at all.
Call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-725-9601 and talk to an experienced Brooklyn divorce lawyer for free.