NY Divorce Law—Alimony Deets That You Need To Know

NY Divorce Law—Alimony Rules Broken Down by DoNotPay

Knowing NY divorce law—alimony law especially—is key to having a divorce that will end on a friendly note.

Alimony types, rules, and regulations are different for each state and can be hard to understand. That’s why DoNotPay has prepared a detailed guide that will show you everything you need to know about alimony in New York!

What Types of Alimony Are There in New York?

Alimony is also known as spousal support or, in New York, spousal maintenance. It’s a payment that the low-earning spouse receives during or after the divorce. New York courts can award:

  • Temporary alimony—Also known as alimony pendente, this award needs to be paid during the divorce process. It lasts until the judge finalizes the divorce or issues a permanent maintenance
  • Rehabilitative alimony—This type of alimony is given to the spouse who is financially dependent on the other party. The judge may grant rehabilitative alimony when the low-earning spouse doesn’t have the proper training or education to make a living for themselves after the divorce. It ends automatically if:
    • The receiving spouse remarries
    • One of the spouses dies
    • The supported spouse gets employed with an amount that they can live on
  • Permanent alimony—Permanent spousal support lasts after the court finalizes the divorce. The court will determine how long the agreement will last by taking multiple factors into account. These types of alimony are meant for:
    • Long marriages
    • People who are ill, unable to work, or can’t become self-sufficient
    • Spouses who have a large income difference between each other

How Can I Know Whether I Am Qualified for Alimony in New York?

Both divorcing parties can request alimony. Whether the court will grant it depends on multiple factors, such as:

  • The financial status of each spouse
  • Age and health of the parties
  • Whether there are children involved or not

How Is Temporary and Rehabilitative Alimony Calculated in New York?

New York has a statutory formula the court uses to calculate spousal maintenance. Since 2019, NY courts use a formula that takes into account:

  1. Income of both spouses (up to $184,000 for the paying spouse)
  2. Whether the paying spouse will have to pay child support

To get the final amount that the supported spouse will receive, the court needs to use the lowest number from the following three models and divide it by the frequency of the payment:

  • Subtract 25% of the paying party’s income from 20% of the supported party’s income
  • Subtract 20% of the supported party’s income from 30% of the paying party’s income
  • Multiply the total income of the spouses by 40% and subtract the supported spouse’s income from that number

How Is Permanent Alimony Calculated in NY?

To calculate the final amount for post-divorce alimony, the court uses the same guidelines as for temporary support.

Once they get the starting number, judges have the power to order less or more support. They will usually consider the following factors when creating the final award:

  • Income and property of the spouses
  • Marriage length
  • Age and health of both spouses
  • Present and future income of the spouses
  • The ability of the supported spouse to become self-sufficient
  • Acts by one spouse that prevented the other from getting employed (e.g., domestic violence)
  • A pre-marital joint (if there is one)
  • Loss of income of the supported spouse as a result of giving up a career
  • Children-related factors, like whether:
    • Any children from the marriage live in the marital home
    • There are additional child-related costs, such as schooling or daycare
  • Whether there are children, elderly, or in-laws that need to be taken care of
  • Waste of property by either spouse
  • Contributions made by the supported spouse (for example, if the spouse didn’t receive an income for being a housewife)
  • The loss of health insurance due to the divorce results
  • Any transfer of the property
  • Any other factor that the court deems necessary to take into account when making the decision

How Long Does Post-Divorce Spousal Maintenance Last?

New York court determines the duration of the post-divorce maintenance based on the duration of the marriage. See the table below for details:

Marriage DurationThe Support Can Last
Up to 15 years15% to 30% of the length of the marriage
15 to 20 years30% to 40% of the length of the marriage
20+ years35% to 50% of the length of the marriage

How Is Alimony Regulated in an Uncontested Divorce in NY

Getting an uncontested divorce in NY allows you to settle on alimony terms with your spouse in a marital settlement agreement.

With an uncontested divorce, you won’t even have to go to court to end your marriage. Getting a written settlement agreement will require you to either:

  • Hire a lawyer to write one for you (and pay big bucks)
  • and get a professional agreement in a few clicks

Draw Up a Divorce Settlement Agreement in a Jiffy With DoNotPay

Getting a divorce settlement agreement doesn’t have to be expensive. DoNotPay can generate a document that will comply with New York state laws and fit your needs perfectly. Here’s the drill:

  1. Select our Divorce Settlement Agreement tool
  2. Answer our chatbot’s questions regarding the divorce
  3. Opt for online notarization

We will process your request immediately and send you a tailor-made divorce settlement agreement in no time. All you have to do afterward is follow the link we send you via email and set up an appointment with an online notary.

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