What to Know About the Different Types of Alimony in New York

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The court may award alimony when spouses are left in a different financial standing after a divorce. To learn the types of alimony that are available in New York, continue reading. For assistance with this process, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New York alimony attorney to schedule your initial consultation with our team.

What types of alimony are available in New York?

Depending on the personal situation of both spouses, there are different types of alimony that can be awarded in New York. The following are the primary types of alimony available in New York:

  • Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony is in effect indefinitely or until there is a change in circumstances for a former spouse. Permanent alimony can be awarded based on the duration of the marriage. Alimony can be awarded for 15-30% of the duration if the marriage lasts up to 15 years. If the marriage lasts between 16 and 20 years, the payments can be between 30-50%. If the marriage lasts 20 years or more, payments can be between 35-50% of the duration.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is awarded to a dependent spouse when they have put a hold on their career to support their partner. This alimony is awarded to assist the spouse so that they can receive the education or training they require to get back into the workforce.
  • Reimbursement alimony: Reimbursement alimony is used to reimburse a spouse if they financially supported their partner while they were pursuing education or training.

What do I need to provide my attorney if I want alimony?

If you believe that you require alimony payments after a divorce, it is important that you reach out to an attorney who has experience handling alimony matters. Your attorney will help you to discover if you are eligible for alimony and which type of alimony you may be eligible for. It is important that you prove your attorney with the following documentation during this process:

  • The income of both spouses
  • Health history
  • Monthly living expenses
  • Anticipated future expenses
  • Full educational background
  • Work history
  • Any pensions or other benefits lost due to the interruption of career to benefit the marriage
  • The history of the interruptions in education or career to benefit the spouse
  • The history of the interruptions in education or career to raise children
  • Debts for both spouses


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