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The length of a marriage affects the duration of maintenance

On Behalf of | Dec 28, 2021 | Spousal Support (Spousal Maintenance) |

It is common for one spouse to earn much more than the other during a New York marriage. Sometimes, one spouse chooses part-time work or a less demanding career than they would otherwise pursue so that they can devote themselves to supporting the family.

If you have made personal professional sacrifices for the benefit of your spouse or your family, you may need alimony or spousal maintenance from your ex. These regular payments can help you reach a point where you can live independently after a divorce.

The longer you have remained married, the longer you can potentially receive maintenance payments in New York.

Marriages over 20 years produce the longest maintenance orders

There is a formula that helps the New York courts determine how much spousal maintenance is appropriate when a couple separates. Although extreme circumstances may require a deviation from this formula, most spouses can expect the length of their marriage to directly determine how long they receive maintenance payments after the divorce.

If your marriage lasted 15 years or less, you can expect to receive maintenance for between 15% and 30% of how long your marriage lasted. If you remained married for between 15 and 20 years, you will receive maintenance for between 30% and 40% of how long that the marriage lasted. Finally, if you stayed married for 20 years or more, you can expect to receive maintenance for between 35% and 50% of the length of time your marriage lasted.

Understanding the numerous factors that influence spousal maintenance in New York divorces can help you get the support you need to live an independent life.