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Financial issues can be complex in divorce cases, and alimony or spousal support often becomes a significant consideration when one spouse has relied on the other for financial support during the marriage. At Dalbir Singh & Associates, P.C., our experienced team of attorneys can provide comprehensive guidance on alimony and spousal support, ensuring you have a clear understanding of what to expect during your divorce proceedings. Whether you anticipate paying or receiving spousal support, our attorneys are here to assist you.


When you require a skilled legal advocate to handle your spousal support matters in your divorce, it is crucial to choose a NYC divorce attorney with a proven track record in handling complex financial issues. Attorney Dalbir Singh and our legal team have successfully represented clients facing various spousal support issues, representing both payers and recipients. Regardless of how spousal support or alimony factors into your divorce, we will work diligently to secure a fair and equitable outcome while guiding you through the divorce process.

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Spousal support, also known as alimony, refers to the financial payments made from one spouse to the other following a divorce. These payments are intended to provide the recipient with the necessary financial support to establish a stable post-divorce life. The determination of alimony or spousal support typically hinges on factors such as the individual income levels of the divorcing spouses, their separate assets and properties, and their ability to generate income after the divorce.

In New York City, spousal support agreements typically operate on a temporary or short-term basis. When a judge orders one spouse to pay alimony to the other, the judge specifies the amount and duration of the payments. Most alimony arrangements involve monthly payments, either for a predetermined period or until certain criteria are met. It is also possible for a recipient to forfeit future alimony if they engage in terminating actions, such as moving in with a new partner or getting remarried.


If you anticipate spousal support playing a role in your divorce, it is essential to understand how the court determines these payments. When a judge makes a spousal support determination, they consider various factors, including the income levels of both spouses, the age and health conditions of the parties involved, and the duration of the marriage.

In exceptional cases, permanent alimony may be awarded when the recipient is unable to support themselves due to age, medical issues, or disability. However, most family court judges in New York use a sliding scale based on the length of the marriage to determine the duration of alimony payments. For example, in marriages lasting less than 15 years, a judge may award alimony for 15% to 30% of the marriage's length. In marriages lasting 15 to 20 years, alimony could be awarded for 30% to 40% of the marriage's duration. For marriages lasting 20 years or more, alimony may be awarded for up to 59% of the marriage's length.

When the court orders you to pay alimony to your ex-spouse, it is crucial to fulfill your payment obligations as stipulated in the agreement. These payments must continue until the agreement's specified term ends or until the recipient engages in a terminating action. Terminating actions typically include remarriage, cohabitation with a new partner, or exceeding a certain income threshold. Once a terminating action occurs, the payer can cease making payments. In case of any dispute regarding whether a terminating action has taken place, the divorced parties may need to seek resolution through the court to determine the ongoing spousal support obligations.


Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a payment made from one spouse to the other to provide financial support after a divorce or separation. It is different from child support, which is specifically intended to provide for the needs of the children.

In New York, spousal support is determined on a case-by-case basis. The court considers various factors, including the length of the marriage, the income and earning capacity of both spouses, the standard of living during the marriage, and any other relevant factors.

No, spousal support is not automatically awarded in every divorce case in New York. It depends on the specific circumstances of the marriage and the financial needs of the parties involved.

Yes, spousal support/alimony can be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income or financial situation. However, any modification must be approved by the court.

The duration of spousal support/alimony in New York depends on the length of the marriage and the specific circumstances of the case. It can be temporary, rehabilitative (for a specific period to help the recipient spouse become self-supporting), or permanent in certain situations.

Yes, spousal support/alimony can be terminated if the recipient spouse remarries or starts living with a new partner. However, it is important to review the terms of the specific spousal support order or agreement, as it may contain provisions regarding cohabitation or remarriage.

If the paying spouse fails to make spousal support/alimony payments as ordered, the recipient spouse can seek enforcement through legal avenues. This may involve seeking a court order for enforcement, wage garnishment, or other remedies available under New York law.

Yes, if the paying spouse experiences a substantial change in income, they may seek a modification of the spousal support/alimony order. The court will consider the new circumstances and determine if a modification is warranted.

As of the latest information available (knowledge cutoff: September 2021), for federal tax purposes, spousal support/alimony is taxable as income to the recipient spouse and tax-deductible for the paying spouse. However, it is important to consult with a tax professional to understand the most up-to-date tax laws and regulations.

An experienced family law attorney can provide essential guidance and representation in spousal support/alimony matters. They can help you understand your rights, negotiate fair terms, ensure compliance with New York laws, and advocate for your best interests during the divorce or separation process.

*Disclaimer: This content is an attorney advertisement. Prior successful results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. It is essential to consult with qualified legal professionals to understand your specific circumstances and legal options.

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