Spousal maintenance isn’t a gendered part of divorce law – it is intended to help a lower-earning spouse remain financially viable after a divorce.
If you are the lower earning spouse, regardless of gender, you may be able to ask the court for support if the loss of a second income will cause hardship.
For some high-earning couples, and even those who aren’t so high-earning, who makes the most money is basically an academic consideration.
Spousal maintenance isn’t required in divorces in New York, and if you and your spouse are financially independent at any income level, it may not factor into your divorce settlement.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help you understand the implications – tax, income, and other – of giving or receiving spousal maintenance after a divorce.
Call us today at 718-725-9601 and talk to a Brooklyn divorce lawyer for free.