Spousal Support / Alimony


Spousal support or Alimony, is likely an issue whenever there is a significant difference in personal income between the two spouses.

Spousal support is designed to provide the lower-income spouse with money for living expenses regardless of gender.

The new Tax Plan affects family law, especially spousal support as it abolishes the deduction that's been in place for 70 years.

The existence, amount and duration of monthly spousal support payments will be defined either by the court or a settlement agreement.

Courts make determinations regarding spousal support after considering many factors such as the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, as well as the age, health, earning capacity and job histories of both individuals.

Men come to Goldberg Jones because they generally have greater exposure to Spousal Support (98% of payers are men). Our clients know that this issue can have a profound impact on how they live day-to-day and plan for retirement. In many of our cases, we must negotiate or litigate to achieve a minimization or termination of this sometimes oppressive obligation in our client’s best interest.

Ken Alan, our managing attorney, talks about Spousal Maintenance and Alimony in this video:

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