Handling Spousal Support And Child Support Issues
A divorce not only disrupts your life in terms of your routines. It can also have a large impact on your financial situation. That is why spousal support and child support payments exist: to help people maintain financial stability during a difficult time.
By getting involved early in the divorce process, an experienced lawyer like me, David Grauer, can get a full understanding of your financial situation and provide you with much-needed clarity about how much you will likely owe or be entitled to receive.
If you are preparing for divorce, you can contact my law firm, David I. Grauer, Attorney at Law, in White Plains, New York, at 914-269-2419 to schedule a free phone consultation where we can discuss the details of your case.
How Are Child Support And Spousal Support Determined In New York?
While child support is determined according to a formula that takes each parent’s income and the child’s needs into account, spousal support is left more to a judge’s discretion after they consider factors such as:
- The marital standard of living
- The length of the marriage
- Grounds for the divorce
- Each spouse’s ability to earn a living after the divorce
In each case, it will be necessary for me to carefully review your financial details to make sure you are put in the best position to either receive or pay an amount that protects your interests. I can examine you and your spouse’s assets, debts, monthly income and expenses, and, where necessary or appropriate, conduct a focused and sophisticated discovery process to uncover hidden assets.
Additionally, it is also possible to file for temporary child and spousal support while your divorce is pending. This could help you maintain a sort of status quo while your case proceeds through the legal system, whether in settlement negotiations or at trial. This will also make sure your children’s needs – education, health care, etc. – continue to be met, which is the most important priority. I can also assist you with modifying support if circumstances significantly change in the future.