Calculating Divorce Maintenance
In New York, determining maintenance (spousal support or alimony) can be a burdensome task. This task can become more complicated in situations where one spouse is receiving disability or a long term/permanent personal injury settlement in the form of a tax free annuity. Although the line between separate property and marital property with regard to such payments is often blurred, the fact of the matter is that these payments can have an effect on child support and even maintenance. Disability or annuity income can be factored in for the purposes of calculating how much maintenance a spouse should be paying to the injured party.
More importantly, the disability or annuity income should be used by the disabled spouse for the purpose of taking care of the children. This money should not be discounted when determining who pays carrying costs. It absolutely should be used to contribute to the support of the children.
If you are contemplating a divorce in which one of the spouses is receiving some type of disability or personal injury settlement payment, call (516) 858-2620 to speak to a divorce attorney today!