Spousal Support Lawyers in Saratoga County, NY
New York alimony attorneys assert your right to fair payment schedules
Alimony, spousal support or spousal maintenance comes down to one spouse making payments to another to maintain a standard of living the court judges to be appropriate. A married spouse can petition the New York Family Court to order spousal support; if a couple is separating or divorcing, the New York Supreme Court will consider spousal support as part of the marital action. Spousal support can be for a set number of years, or an indefinite period. It is gender neutral, though occasions are few when the court orders the wife to pay the husband.
Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C. has counseled clients through detailed and contentious spousal support negotiations and litigation for more than 20 years. Our Saratoga County family law firm provides thorough representation to married, separated or divorced spouses in actions regarding spousal support, modifications and terminations.
A trusted advocate for reaching a fair spousal support award
Just as the courts in New York have discretion in the equitable distribution of existing marital property, the court has latitude to consider “fairness” in awarding spousal support. The New York Domestic Relations Law sets out a number of factors to be considered, including:
- The parties’ standard of living
- The income and property of the parties, including marital assets awarded during equitable distribution
- The duration of the marriage and the age and health of the parties
- The present and future earning capacity of both parties
- The ability of the party seeking maintenance to become self-supporting, including time and training necessary
- The presence of children of the marriage
- The tax consequences to each party
- The contributions of the party seeking maintenance as a spouse, parent, wage earner or homemaker and to the career or career potential of the other party
- The wasteful dissipation of marital property by either spouse
- Any transfer or encumbrance made in contemplation of a divorce
- Any other factor that the court expressly finds just and proper
The complexity of many of these factors, and the court’s license to consider “any other factor” it finds “just and proper,” argues strongly for knowledgeable and experienced legal counsel on your side protecting your interests. Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C. has handled many complex and high-net-worth divorce actions where spousal support was vigorously litigated. Our meticulous approach to asset valuation as well as our aptitude for the mathematics inherent in support negotiations has helped us be very successful on behalf of our clients.
Contact our dedicated Albany spousal support attorneys
To speak with a knowledgeable lawyer at Jean M. Mahserjian, Esq., P.C., call us at (518) 348-4232. We will be happy to answer your questions and schedule an initial appointment at our Clifton Park office. You can also schedule an appointment by contacting us online.