I met with a client yesterday and we were discussing different types of spousal maintenance. Actually, New York State, the legislature and the governor have gone and done this by statute and taken this calculation away from the judges – because they had different determinations for different judges throughout the state – and made it uniform across the state. The way that they did this is two-fold. They put together what is essentially a calculator of maintenance, but they also went and gave us parameters, as far as how long someone would have to go and pay maintenance depending on how long you’ve been married.
Now, if you’ve been married zero to fifteen years, your support is going to be for 15 to 30% of the marriage. If you are 15 to 20, it’s going to be 30% to 40% of the marriage. If it’s over 20 years, it’s going to be 35% to 50% of the marriage. As you can see, if you’ve been married for quite a while, you’re going to go and receive maintenance for a long time.
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