Maintenance may be temporary or permanent, modifiable or non-modifiable, and rehabilitative, reviewable, rehabilitative or indefinite. Maintenance (formerly called alimony) is a support payment made from one spouse to the other pursuant to a divorce or legal separation. The Court may order the payment of maintenance when one spouse is not able to fully support themselves and the other spouse is able to contribute to the support of the spouse seeking maintenance.
Newly enacted guidelines may apply to cases when the combined gross income of the parties is less than $250,000. In such cases, the amount of maintenance is determined by taking 30% of the payor’s gross income minus 20% of the payee’s gross income. However, when maintenance is added to the gross income of the payee, the total amount may not exceed 40% of the combined gross income of the parties. The duration of the maintenance award is calculated by multiplying the length of the marriage by factors set forth in the statute.
The divorce attorneys at Katz, Goldstein & Warren have extensive experience in negotiating and trying maintenance issues in order to achieve beneficial results for our clients.”