The breakup of a marriage or long-term relationship usually comes at the end of a long period of painful conflict. At a time like this, it could be very difficult for parties to discuss ongoing financial obligations in a calm, rational manner. That is why many disputes over spousal maintenance and child support end up in a courtroom. However, going to trial frequently just leads to more acrimony and expense. At the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates in Williamsville and downtown Buffalo, we give couples the chance to settle spousal maintenance and child support terms under the guidance of Attorney and Certified Mediator Alexandra Rockwood. Drawing on her legal and social work experience, Ms. Rockwood works to bridge the gap on financial terms so that each side can start the next phase of their lives on a solid foundation.
Frequently referred to as alimony or spousal support, maintenance is the term New York State uses for payments that a party pays to their ex-spouse who relied on their income during the course of their marriage. Though judges employ a formula created by the state in these cases, it is usually quicker and less expensive for spouses to reach an agreement on the issue themselves.
A wide range of factors might be relevant in a maintenance determination, including the parties’ age, health, earning ability and child-care responsibilities. Transparency between the parties is critical, especially when the divorce is not amicable. Alexandra Rockwood focuses on fostering healthy communication and making sure that each voice is heard while the terms are being negotiated. Many individuals have misconceptions about the nature of maintenance, how much should be provided and how long it lasts. We make sure that everyone is familiar with the applicable New York law so that time is not wasted on unreasonable demands.
New York State has child support guidelines that take into account numerous factors to set a fair rate. These factors include parents’ income, child-care costs, health insurance premiums and any spousal maintenance payments going from one parent to the other. However, the state’s formula does not produce a fair outcome in every case, and it does not apply for some high-income families. Judges need not abide by the guidelines if the result would not be appropriate to meet the young person’s needs. You might wish to negotiate terms related to payment for your child’s chronic medical condition or their expensive extracurricular activities. In mediation, we can help you develop a personalized child support solution that adequately divides the financial responsibility among you and your co-parent while addressing the specific costs associated with raising your child.
The Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates mediates proceedings related to spousal maintenance and child support terms. You can reach us at our offices in Williamsville and downtown Buffalo by calling 716-886-9600 or contacting us online.
As a Buffalo divorce lawyer for 28 years, I have devoted myself to solving the problems that affect families throughout the Buffalo metropolitan area and Western New York. As a family law attorney, I make it my goal to create a partnership of trust with my clients. People put their trust in me to handle cases that can potentially have a long-lasting impact on not only their lives, but the lives of their family as well.
Alexandra M. Rockwood is a Senior Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Randy S. Margulis & Associates and has been with the firm since early 2020. She primarily practices in the areas of matrimonial and family law, including divorce, child custody, and child support. Alexandra is a practicing matrimonial and family law attorney as…