Making Sense Of Spousal Support

Commonly known as "alimony," this is easily one of the most misunderstood areas of family law. There is plenty of misinformation to be found. At the Law Office of Michael L. Seidman, we hope to clear that up and help you achieve an outcome that is in your best interest.

Whether you are seeking to establish or collect spousal support, or you need help resolving unmanageable obligations, we can help. Our experienced lawyers can make all the difference in this complex area of family law.

Temporary Spousal Support

Temporary support is typically ordered to maintain the status quo of the parties pending trial and the division of their assets and obligations. Maintaining the status quo means to maintain as closely as possible the living conditions and standards that the parties enjoyed while they were married.

Permanent Spousal Support

Permanent support can be ordered as part of the judgment of dissolution or legal separation, and can be ordered in any amount and for a period of time that the court determines is just and reasonable. Determinations are calculated based on the income of both parties, the education and potential opportunities for a dependent spouse, any agreements made during the marriage, the duration of the marriage and the standard of living prior to divorce.

Enforcing Or Modifying Spousal Support

In addition to helping you protect your rights at the time of the original order, we can also assist you in seeking enforcement or modification of an existing spousal support order.

A modification may be a good option if you or your spouse have undergone a significant change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job or injury. You can seek to lower obligations if a dependent spouse has remarried, received a promotion and pay raise, or has added another source of income. We are experienced in helping our clients seek modifications as well as in using appropriate legal tools to enforce court orders.

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