New York no longer uses the term “alimony” for the payments made from one spouse to the other, instead preferring “maintenance,” of which there are several kinds.
If you are the higher earner in a divorce in Brooklyn, you may be ordered by the court to pay what is known as pendente lite maintenance, or temporary maintenance, for the duration of the divorce.
This is an amount your spouse will ask for, which is intended to keep them solvent while the action is pending.
This is known as spousal maintenance, and is usually ordered for a limited duration.
In some cases, such as when a couple has had a long marriage and one spouse is disabled or will otherwise be unable to work, the maintenance award may be permanent. This is rare.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we work to make sure our clients pay the lowest possible amount in maintenance, and watch closely for any irregularities in the financial disclosures that would suggest no maintenance is due at all.
Don’t pay more than you should.
Call 718-725-9601 today and talk to an experienced Brooklyn divorce lawyer for free.