Spousal Maintenance in 2016

Spousal Maintenance in 2016 | Daniel R. Burns

{2:30 minutes to read} New York State has passed new legislation that uses a formula based on the income of each spouse to determine the amount of spousal maintenance. The new statute also creates an “advisory schedule,” which is based on the length of the marriage, for determining the duration. (For a more lengthy explanation of the new statute, go to the Law Summary entitled “Maintenance” on my website.) This statute replaces the old “needs-based” method that required a court to consider 20 factors when determining the amount and duration of spousal support. So, how is this new statute going to work in mediation?

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