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Is There A Difference Between Alimony, Spousal Support, And Spousal Maintenance?

No, all three terms refer to the same thing. Whatever you call it, in New York, courts make an effort to ensure that the contributions made to a marriage by the spouse who wasn’t the “breadwinner” don’t go uncompensated if the marriage ends.

While one spouse may have outstanding achievements in the boardroom and a salary to match, the other is understood to have participated in that spouse’s success by caring for children, maintaining the home, and representing the higher earning spouse as a responsible and trustworthy member of a family.

These are intangible elements in a marriage, but when one ends, the spouse who provided these intangibles is considered to be due for tangible assistance in getting started in a new life after the divorce.

If you have questions about how spousal maintenance works in New York and how to protect yourself after a divorce, call the Queens divorce attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino at 718-523-1111 today.