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My Spouse Refused To Work During Our Marriage, So Can My Maintenance Be Contingent On My Spouse Working At Some Kind Of Job?

It’s unlikely that a request like this will meet approval from either a court or your former spouse, but one option for structuring maintenance, especially in younger couples who still have strong earning potential, is to set maintenance to a particular time frame that that will allow your spouse to attain a degree or become self sufficient.

Approaches like this aren’t appropriate in all circumstances.

If you’re divorcing late in life and your spouse will never be self-sufficient in the labor market, expect maintenance to be longer lasting.

It’s common for spouses to want to put conditions on things in a divorce, but the truth is that divorce is an opportunity to make the cleanest break possible, and let go of any wants or expectations you may have for your spouse.

The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can ensure that you pay the minimum possible maintenance in your situation, and structure the payments in the way that works best for you.

Call us today at 718-523-1111 and talk to an attorney for free.