Is alimony, spousal support, and maintenance the same thing in New York?

By James Nolletti
April 23, 2018
Is alimony, spousal support, and maintenance the same thing in New York?

Yes. Maintenance, spousal support, or alimony all refer to payments made by one spouse to the other either during or after a divorce to assist with their living expenses. In New York State the domestic relations law refers to all monetary support paid by one spouse to the other spouse incident to a divorce as maintenance. On a federal tax return it's still referred to as alimony. Post-divorce maintenance is usually set for a duration with the theory being to afford the recipient spouse time to gain skills or training necessary to become self sufficient, hence the term maintenance.

James Nolletti is a White Plains divorce lawyer and founder of Nolletti Law Group. James has over 30 years of experience in providing excellent service to individuals going through divorce who have complex divorce issues and significant assets. For more information on James and his firm please visit

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