Spousal support is the payment of an amount of money by the higher earning spouse to the lesser earning spouse for some period of time. It is also referred to as ‘maintenance’ in New York and is commonly known as ‘alimony’. This money is separate and apart from child support payments.
Although recently the State enacted a formula for spousal support while a divorce case is going on, there is no such clear formula in place for after the case is concluded. The Court will examine various factors on a case by case basis.