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How long will I have to pay spousal support?

On Behalf of | Feb 2, 2024 | Spousal Support

In New York, spousal support is often a significant aspect of divorce proceedings.

When a marriage dissolves, one spouse may need to provide financial support to the other. The duration of spousal support payments can vary based on several factors.

Length of marriage matters

The duration of spousal support in New York is often influenced by the length of the marriage. In shorter marriages, the support period may be shorter compared to marriages of longer duration. Short-term marriages may result in spousal support for a limited period, typically to allow the receiving spouse time to become financially independent.

Financial circumstances determine duration

Financial circumstances play a significant role in determining how long spousal support payments will continue. The court considers factors such as each spouse’s income, earning potential and financial needs. If one spouse requires financial assistance to maintain a certain standard of living or to re-enter the workforce, the support duration may be longer.

Consideration of rehabilitation

In cases where one spouse sacrificed career opportunities or education for the benefit of the marriage, the court may order spousal support for a duration that allows the receiving spouse to rehabilitate their earning capacity. This can involve obtaining education or training to secure employment that provides sufficient income for self-support.

Changes in circumstances

The duration of spousal support is not always set in stone. In some cases, circumstances may change, warranting a modification of the support order. For example, if the receiving spouse secures a well-paying job or remarries, the court may reconsider the duration of support payments.

While divorce rates in the U.S. continue to decline, as do marriages, dissolving a union comes with a financial impact. For some, it may mean providing spousal support to help both spouses embark on new beginnings with financial stability.

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