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Alimony is often thought to be a payment made from divorced men to their ex-wives to help support them financially. However, these days, more men are getting alimony than ever. Though you need to talk to a divorce lawyer to find out if you are likely to receive spousal support, you can get an idea of whether you may be eligible to get alimony as a male.
The current law for maintenance was enacted in 1980 under Domestic Relations Law Section 236-B(6). In order to distinguish old cases from the new ones, the term alimony was left for old divorce actions, while the term maintenance was adopted for new actions.
New York's Child Support Standards Act provides child support guidelines and enforcement. Child support is calculated by examining the incomes of both parents and the child's basic monthly living expenses, among other things.
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