Spousal support or spousal maintenance, or what used to be called alimony, are payments made by one spouse to the other. Spousal maintenance or support is intended to assist a spouse who, for any number of reasons, does not have the same earning capacity as the other. It is intended either to rehabilitate the lesser income earning spouse so that the spouse can reenter the workforce, or, to maintain the standard of living each spouse was accustomed to during the marriage. Spousal maintenance can be ordered by the Court during the course of the divorce proceedings, called Temporary Spousal Maintenance, to ensure the spouse with no or less income can meet their financial needs. In 2010, New York State passed a law that provides guidelines for the courts to use when determining spousal support amounts.
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