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Contributions to marriage may support requests for alimony

A divorce can be emotionally devastating for an Oneida County couple. Any failure is hard to handle, but the breakdown of a relationship that was intended to last a lifetime can be particularly overwhelming. Though a divorce may be a necessary step for two people to find greater happiness, it can force them to make difficult decisions as they bring their marriage to an end.

One aspect of a divorce that can be challenging for some couples is determining how to divide their marital assets and wealth. In some cases the partners to an ending marriage may find that one couple has ownership of more assets or wealth than the other, and that the disadvantaged party may not be able to support himself or herself during the months or years after the divorce is finalized. In situations where one martial partner forgoes earning an income for the sake of supporting his or her marriage, that person's contributions to the marriage may be used as support for the individual's request for alimony.

Alimony is the payment of spousal support from one party to another after a divorce is finalized. There are many factors that New York courts will consider when deciding if alimony is appropriate in a particular case; the attorneys of Callanen, Foley & Hobika can help their clients evaluate those factors and prepare alimony requests that demonstrate their clients' needs for financial support after their marriages have ended.

Alimony is not guaranteed at the end of a marriage; a party generally must ask for it in order to get a judge to weigh the arguments for and against. Making a case for alimony takes knowing what factors a court will consider when deciding if alimony should be awarded. A person's sacrifices for the sake of his or her marriage may be considered by a divorce court when it comes to evaluating a request for alimony. The legal professionals of Callanen, Foley & Hobika are ready to work with their family law clients to prepare sound pleadings to argue for divorce-related alimony.

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