Alimony & Spousal Support

During the process of separation and divorce, a financially dependent spouse often requires spousal support. There are three terms commonly used by the Courts: spousal support, alimony pendente lite (APL) and post-divorce alimony. Although the calculation is based on all sources of each spouse’s income for each of these terms, determining what monies are included as income often requires an experienced attorney’s guidance to arrive at a proper and fair figure. When support for minor children is involved, the calculation of spousal support will be modified.

During your initial conference, Attorney Bernstein will explain, in detail, the differences between these three terms and the strategic significance of seeking or defending an established Court order. Although two parties may reach an amicable private agreement, often the use of a Domestic Relations Office is recommended for calculation and collection purposes. The necessity of spousal support or APL during the pendency of divorce litigation is part of the strategy that each spouse needs to consider at the outset of a case. A primary custodial parent needs to consider one’s own needs in addition to providing for minor children– both during and upon the conclusion of a divorce case.