Call today: 347.625.1038

Home | Practice Areas | Alimony/Maintenance

Queens Alimony Attorneys Protect Your Financial Future

Law firm negotiates spousal maintenance in Nassau County

Spousal maintenance, more commonly known as alimony, may be temporary, to help an ex-spouse get on his or her feet financially after a divorce, or the court may order long-term payments. Alimony awards can be modified to reflect a change in circumstances at any time after the divorce. The Queens County attorneys at Sager Gellerman Eisner Attorneys at Law offer 85 years of combined experience in helping clients negotiate and litigate spousal maintenance. We represent those who are seeking alimony as well as those who must pay it.

How spousal maintenance is determined in New York

When considering spousal maintenance, New York courts give great weight to the length of a marriage. If the marriage was brief, alimony may be ordered temporarily to give a dependent spouse some time to become financially independent. This is called rehabilitative alimony, and often has strings attached. For example, the spouse receiving support may be required to engage in specific efforts to increase career opportunities, such as pursuing a certification or a degree program.

For marriages of longer duration, the courts often order long-term support. In such cases, the court tries to arrive at the amount of money necessary for the spouse to maintain the lifestyle he or she enjoyed during the marriage. In addition to the length of the marriage, the factors considered by the courts include each spouse’s:

  • Income
  • Future financial prospects
  • Age
  • Health
  • Individual net worth

Our law firm helps you obtain an order for temporary alimony as an emergency measure until the court issues its determination on long-term support. We are particularly sensitive to the issues surrounding alimony disputes involving professionals and high-net-worth individuals.

Calculating the net worth of each spouse

The individual net worth of each spouse does not include the value of marital assets and debts, which under New York law are subject to equitable distribution as part of the divorce. In determining individual net worth, the court considers:

  • Value of professional practices
  • Value of educational training or degrees
  • The worth of a business, current and projected
  • Debts
  • Value of separate property, such as a second home or car
  • Stocks, bonds and other investments

Let our alimony attorneys improve your post-divorce financial prospects

Divorce doesn’t have to threaten your financial stability. Our attorneys at Sager Gellerman Eisner Attorneys at Law help you negotiate a realistic amount of spousal support after your divorce. You can reach us through our online contact form or call us at 347.625.1038 for a consultation. From our offices in Queens and Forest Hills, we serve clients in Nassau and Queens Counties and the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.