When a divorce begins, judges take great care to ensure that, to the largest extent possible, both parties are financially secure.
Awards of temporary maintenance to a lower-earning spouse are fairly routine and based on short term considerations, but spousal support (alimony) awards post-divorce are a more considered matter.
Spousal maintenance will also depend on the lengthy financial disclosures each side is required to provide, and assets and debts may be negotiated or allocated in such a way to reduce or increase a spousal maintenance award.
Additionally, a permanent alimony award is rare, and usually reserved for situations where the court believes that a spouse will never gain financial independence, such as when, after a long marriage, an elderly or disabled spouse may be left penniless by the dissolution of the marriage.
Much more commonly, a spousal maintenance award will be designated for a certain period of time, allowing for educational or career attainment.
The attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer make sure our clients get the maximal award they are entitled to in their divorce in Buffalo.
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