Friday, August 4, 2017

Determining the amount and duration of maintenance.

Practice point:  The court will consider factors such as the duration of the marriage; the parties' standard of living during the marriage; the parties' income and property; the distribution of marital property; the parties' health; the parties' present and future earning capacity; the ability of the party seeking maintenance to become self-supporting; and the reduced or lost lifetime earning capacity of the party seeking maintenance.

Student note:  The determination is committed to the sound discretion of the trial court, and it will be made on the unique facts before the court. 

Case:  Brinkmann v. Brinkmann, NY Slip Op 05702 (2d Dep't July 19, 2017)

Here is the decision.

Monday's issue:  An age and disability discrimination claim.