Attorney Rosemary Rivieccio has focused her New York practice on divorce and family law for more than 20 years. In that time, Rosemary Rivieccio has helped numerous couples to understand and calculate spousal support.
Spousal support, also known as a maintenance award, offers financial stability and a step toward independence for the receiving party. The factors to be considered by the Courts in awarding maintenance include the standard of living of the parties during the marriage, the income and property of the parties, the distribution of marital property, the duration of the marriage, the health of the parties, the present and future earning capacity of both parties, the ability of the party seeking maintenance to become self-supporting, and the reduced or lost lifetime earning capacity of the party seeking maintenance. In a matrimonial action, the court may order maintenance in such amount as justice requires. The amount and duration of spousal maintenance rests in the discretion of the trial court, and each case is to be decided on its own unique facts.