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What is the difference between alimony and spousal support?

Understanding the difference between alimony and spousal support is important when you’re going through divorce in New York. A divorce lawyer can explain the differences and help you to decide which works best for your situation. Your divorce attorney should be a source of information and support for you and your partner during this difficult time.

What is spousal support?

Spousal support is money that one spouse must pay the other for financial support after a separation or divorce. It is often called maintenance or alimony. Spousal support is usually paid monthly, but can also be paid in one lump sum.

A spouse may have to pay spousal support in order to compensate the spouse who sacrificed their ability to earn income while married, for the ongoing care of children over and beyond a child support obligation, or to help a spouse in financial need from the breakdown of the marriage. Spouses who receive this support have the obligation to become self-supporting when possible.

How long will spousal support be paid?

Support will be paid based on the time that spouses lived together or their ages at the time of separation. Spousal support may be paid for a limited time or for the rest of someone’s life. This will vary from person to person. The only time someone can stop paying spousal support is if the order was changed by the court, you and your former spouse agree to the change, or if the conditions for stopping payment are met.

Call to Schedule a Consultation With a New York Divorce Attorney Today

If you’re going through divorce and want to discuss spousal support, our legal team can help. The legal team at the law offices of Rubinstein & Associates PLLC can assist you in determining when spousal support applies to your divorce in New York. We serve the areas of Woodmere, Long Island, Lynbrook, Hewlett, Rockville Center, Cedarhurst and surrounding Nassau County communities. To learn more about divorce law, visit our website at rubesq.com or call us to schedule a consultation at 516-268-7077  and let us help you defend your legal rights.

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    The Rubinstein Law Firm proudly serves all of New York for divorce and other state matters and the whole country on intellectual property related matters.


    • What kind of cases do you handle?
    • Family Law Cases such as:

      – Divorce- both contested and uncontested, same sex and gray divorce

      – Custody

      – Support

      – Alimony/ Maintenance

      – Equitable Distribution

    • Intellectual Property cases such as:

      – Patents

      – Copyrights

      – Trademarks, Service Marks and Trade Dress

      – Data Privacy

      – Transactional work such as: Terms and Conditions, IP registration and enforcements and cease and desists

      – Any other IP related matter.

    • How much will my matter cost?
      • Our firm has a different philosophy than virtually any other, we try to close cases quickly. We recognize if you are happy, you will refer us clients. In most matters, it will depend on how complicated the facts and/or legal issues are and how willing the parties are to settle.
    • How does your firm have two differing specialties?
      • We spend a lot of money, time and resources to remain experts in our respective fields. Join the parties and opposing counsels who are baffled by our expertise in both areas.

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