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How the issue of spousal maintenance is decided in a divorce

People in New York have different lives from each other. Each person is different and therefore the choices they make will be different. Another aspect that affects the decisions people make is the amount of money they earn. When people have more money they can afford more things than those with less money. These same things are true of marriages as well. Each marriage is different and couples make varying amounts of money. Therefore, the different assets they acquire will vary drastically.

This means that couples with more money divorce they will have more assets to divide and therefore will have different complications. Couples going through high asset divorces may also need to make determinations about spousal support, which is payments made from one spouse to the other to help them meet their monthly obligations. Whether one spouse will be required to pay spousal support or the amount and duration of it is determined after analyzing a number of factors.

These factors start with the standard of living that was enjoyed during the marriage. So, the higher the living standard, the more a spouse may need to continue that. Then the courts look at the amount of property each spouse was awarded, the length of the marriage, the age and health of each spouse, how much time it may take for a spouse to gain the education or training needed to obtain employment, the paying spouse's ability to pay spousal maintenance, special health or education needs of a spouse and many other factors.

There are many divorces each year in New York and each one is different based on the circumstances of the marriage. People going through high asset divorces will have to deal with issues that those with less money will not have to resolve. One of the issues that tends to be a part of high asset divorces more than others is spousal maintenance. This can be a very complicated issue though and there is not a formula used to determine it. Experienced attorneys understand the complications and may be a useful resource.

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