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Manhattan Spousal Support Lawyer Richard Shum Explains Spousal Support and Alimony in New York

By: Magic PR

Manhattan spousal support lawyer Richard Shum ( releases a new article explaining spousal support and alimony in New York. The lawyer mentions that a divorce can bring emotional, financial, and personal difficulties to a couple.  While there are couples who can remain financially independent even while married, this is not the case for the majority of people.

“When a couple ends their marriage, one spouse can be left financially insecure, either by having postponed their career to look after their family or by foregoing career advancement because the other spouse had the financial means. The court will usually aim to continue the same standard of living the spouses had while married even after their divorce,” the Manhattan spousal support lawyer says. 

The lawyer mentions that alimony is a way for a higher-earning individual to continue to support their ex-spouse even after they are divorced. This support can either be temporary or indefinite, depending on the particular circumstances. 

While spousal support is commonly imposed through a court order, spouses who can work together in negotiating the terms of their divorce can also set the conditions under which the spouse would provide the support and by how much. In many cases, spousal support is ordered by a judge who would take the couple’s specific circumstances into consideration.

In the article, the lawyer adds, “Alimony is the blanket term used in other states to describe payments made by one spouse to another. While this is not considered an official legal term in NY, it is still used by attorneys as a common and familiar word to refer to the legal term.” 

Spousal support, according to the divorce attorney, is the financial support given by a spouse to their other spouse while the two are still married. The court may order the higher-paying spouse to financially provide for the other spouse even if the couple has already filed for divorce. The couple may also include spousal support in their separation agreement. 

A  judge will honor the couple’s agreement on spousal support if they have one. If not, or if the couple cannot agree on the terms, the court is obligated to use New York’s baseline computation for spousal support and maintenance unless the result is unjust and inappropriate given the circumstances of the case.

Furthermore, a couple can opt to make a lump sum payment instead of making monthly payments. However, if they cannot agree on a payment scheme and the spousal maintenance order has been awarded, the court can issue an income withholding order to make sure that spousal maintenance is paid.

Lastly, the New York spousal support attorney emphasizes that having a divorce lawyer can help the couple ensure they have the legal support they need when it comes to divorce matters. A skilled attorney can help the couple draft their agreements and make sure that the agreement is legally enforceable. 

About the Law Office of Richard Roman Shum

Divorce attorney Richard Roman Shum has been helping families deal with custodial, marital, and financial battles. Attorney Shum understands the life-changing struggle a family may face when they are going through a legal battle. He will provide clear strategies on behalf of his clients so that they can focus on more important matters. Contact the Law Office of Richard Roman Shum to schedule a consultation.


About Law Office of Richard Roman Shum, Esq

A lifelong New Yorker and resident of the Lower East Side, Richard Shum has dedicated his life to justice and helping New Yorkers fight and win in the courtroom. The Lower East Side is one of Manhattan’s most diverse and culturally rich neighborhoods, and Mr. Shum provides representation and counsel for families and businesses that honors that integrity and diversity.

Contact Law Office of Richard Roman Shum, Esq

20 Clinton St #5d
New York
NY 10002
United States

(646) 408-3689


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