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Guidance For Alimony Matters

There is a mistaken belief that alimony, also known as spousal support, is only common among the wealthy. The fact is, alimony is a common consideration in a wide range of divorce proceedings, especially if one party has sacrificed their earning ability in exchange for staying at home to raise the children, to name one example. Whether you are requesting spousal support or are being asked to make payments, it is important to have a skilled lawyer on your side who can help guide you through this process.

I am attorney Timothy J. Hennessy and I am dedicated to helping people throughout the Buffalo area resolve their family law issues. I can help you assert and protect your interests when it comes to matters involving alimony.

Determining The Amount Of Spousal Support

It can be difficult to determine how much spousal support a person can expect to pay or receive. Unlike child support, there are no clear guidelines to help point the way. A number of different factors may be used when making an alimony determination, including:

  • Each party’s earning ability
  • Length of the marriage
  • Financial sacrifices made by one party to support the other
  • The cost of education or training to make one party financially independent

Most orders for spousal support are temporary, although there are occasions where permanent support is ordered. It may be possible to modify an alimony order if one party has experienced a substantial change in circumstances, such as the loss of a job or remarriage. Regardless of which side you are on, I can help explore your options for reaching a fair spousal support agreement.

Going Through A Divorce? Contact Me For A Free Consultation.

If you are going through a divorce and have alimony concerns, call the law office of Timothy J. Hennessy, PLLC, at 716-276-0980 for a free consultation. You may also contact me online. My office is located in Buffalo, and I represent people throughout the Buffalo area and Erie County.