New Spousal Support Guidelines & Other Changes in Matrimonial Law

October 19, 2015

By: Arlene G. Dubin, Rebecca A. Provder, and Laura V. Levy

On September 25, 2015, Governor Cuomo signed Bill A-7645-2015, which modifies the law pertaining to the duration and amount of spousal support. The new legislation will govern actions commenced 120 days after the governor signed the bill, except the amended temporary maintenance provisions will be implemented in actions commenced later this month.

Although there has been a statutory formula to calculate the presumptive amount of temporary maintenance, there was not a formula to determine the amount of post-divorce maintenance. The new legislation introduces a formula for computing the amount of post-divorce maintenance awards.

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