Category Archives: Spousal Maintenance

4 Ways to Hurt Your Divorce Case

There may be, as Paul Simon sang, 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are just as many ways to hurt your divorce case. Divorce is rarely easy. The last thing you want to do is make it more difficult. But all too often, individuals going through a divorce make choices or engage in…
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Getting a New York Prenup Thrown Out Can Be a Tall Order

The richest man in the state of Illinois, billionaire hedge-fund manager Ken Griffin, recently settled his high-profile and highly contentious divorce case. The settlement with wife Anne Dias Griffin was announced the day after a trial was supposed to begin on the validity and enforceability of their prenuptial agreement. Anne was trying to avoid the…
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New York Maintenance Law To Soon Take Effect: No Reason To Panic

In a recent article, the NY Post needlessly scared spouses contemplating divorce, but who had not yet commenced their cases. The gist of the article was that if they wait until the new maintenance guidelines become effective next month, they will receive less spousal support in their divorce than if they file now. In 2010, New…
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Tabloid Divorce Illustrates New York Maintenance Law

Celebrity divorces are great teaching tools. High-profile divorces present the same issues as non-celebrity divorces, just with bigger numbers and a lot more tabloid coverage. The Huffington Post is reporting that the husband of actress Kaley Cuoco is seeking spousal maintenance and an award of counsel fees as part of the divorce. This should not…
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Spousal Maintenance Guidelines Enacted in New York Divorces

New York has just enacted a new law to determine how the spousal maintenance is awarded in New York divorces. The law establishes guidelines to fix the length and amount of spousal maintenance both during the divorce action and following the entry of the judgment of divorce. Until now, post- divorce maintenance was awarded based…
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Alimony Reform- Are The Times A’Changing?

Nationwide, there has been a movement for alimony reform. States have considered have considered a litany of solutions to fix the arbitrariness of alimony or maintenance as is it is better known in New York. Maintenance can vary in both duration and the amount of the payments. Last year, the New York legislature considered proposals…
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New York Maintenance Laws To Change: How Will Post Divorce Maintenance Be Determined?

The laws governing spousal maintenance in New York may be soon be changing.    The Law Revision Commission issued a recommendation that New York adopt a formula to determine not only temporary maintenance, but post divorce maintenance as well. Presently, New York courts only use a formula to award temporary maintenance.    Post divorce maintenance is generally based…
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A Change of Economic Circumstances: When a Party Hits the Lottery

After a divorce is filed it is not uncommon for one of the parties to claim that they are no longer self supporting and have suddenly become indigent.  It is a much rarer issue when one of the parties suddenly becomes rich.   Two recent cases illustrate what happens when one party wins the lottery. …
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