What Are the Different Types of Alimony?

If you and your spouse are going through a divorce in New York, one of the issues that you will be discussing will be alimony, which is sometimes referred to as “spousal support” or “maintenance.”

In New York, there are several different types of alimony, each of which serves a different purpose: Temporary maintenance, also called “alimony pendente lite,” permanent or “post-divorce” maintenance, and rehabilitative maintenance.

Temporary Alimony

Temporary alimony is something that a court can award to a spouse during a divorce proceeding. While it might seem strange for the court to require spousal support to be paid even before the divorce has been finalized, sometimes divorces can carry on for a surprisingly long period of time. If a spouse has an immediate financial need, the court may calculate what they need and require temporary alimony be paid to make sure they are able to pay their day-to-day expenses.

Temporary alimony payments end once a final order for permanent alimony is handed down by the judge.

Permanent Alimony

When most people think of alimony or spousal maintenance, they are thinking of permanent alimony. Permanent alimony is awarded at the end of a divorce proceeding, and has to be paid until either the death of either spouse, or until the remarriage of the spouse receiving the payments. The idea behind permanent alimony is that the spouse receiving the support provided help throughout the marriage, but did not receive payment during that period of time. Permanent alimony is the court's way to see to it that this spouse gets what the court thinks they earned.

Rehabilitative Alimony

In addition to temporary and permanent alimony, a court can require rehabilitative alimony payments. This type of alimony is used to financially support the spouse as they go to school or learn the skills they need in order to re-enter the workforce and becoming self-sustaining. Rehabilitative alimony is often considered to be a form of temporary alimony, but unlike other temporary alimony payments, courts can require rehabilitative alimony payments to extend past the date of the final divorce decree.

The Bombardo Law Office Can Help

Divorce proceedings can be the most stressful and emotional time of your life. They can also be costly to your current well-being and your future life if they are not handled properly. Contact or call the Bombardo Law Office at (315)488-5544 for steady legal representation throughout your divorce proceeding, or contact us online.

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