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The realm of New York’s Family Courts is wide and encompasses a tapestry of domestic matters. From child custody and visitation to child support and spousal maintenance, the jurisdiction is vast. With an illustrious track record spanning three decades, the award-winning attorneys at Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates have navigated these intricate waters, providing steadfast guidance to thousands of clients.

The corridors of the law firm of Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates have echoed with the stories of countless families much like yours, all across New York. Our commitment to your cause is unswerving, offering not just legal expertise but also the unwavering support you deserve. We’re here, standing ready to be your voice in the Family Court arena. Reach out today for an immediate FREE expert consultation.

If the pursuit of spousal maintenance or the amendment of an existing order brings you to our doorstep, rest assured that our seasoned and knowledgeable attorneys are equipped to protect your interests down to the minutest detail.


Within the New York State Courts, a diverse array of agreements finds acceptance concerning child custody and visitation. The choice of the most fitting schedule isn’t just legal—it’s a deeply personal decision that involves you, your family, and the cherished children in your life. Let Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates chart a path, creating a custody and visitation agreement tailored to your unique needs.


Child support, a recurring lifeline from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, holds profound significance. This responsibility arises after divorce, separation, or the establishment of paternity for unmarried parents. It’s a legal commitment that exists for the betterment of your child’s life. If you find yourself in the midst of a child support conflict, require help with enforcement, or seek arrangements, know that our adept attorneys stand ready.


The corridors of New York’s Family Court echo with petitions for spousal maintenance—often referred to as alimony or spousal support. This court scrutinizes an array of factors—nearly twenty—to ascertain whether spousal maintenance is justifiable. Ranging from age and health to earning capacity and contributions within the marriage, every aspect is carefully considered. Guided by the Family Court Act 412, we navigate these considerations with finesse, ensuring your case is presented with utmost clarity.

Within the complex mosaic of Family Law, where the future of your family is at stake, Zimmer, Mathiesen & Associates are more than attorneys; they’re your staunch advocates. We infuse compassion, authority, and a depth of experience into your legal journey, ensuring you emerge with your family’s best interests protected.

There are around twenty distinct factors that the courts in New York consider when determining whether to award spousal maintenance. As per the Family Court Act 412, these factors encompass:

  • The age and health of the parties;
  • The current or future earning capacity of the parties, including a history of limited participation in the workforce;
  • The necessity for one party to incur education or training expenses;
  • The cessation of a child support award before the termination of the maintenance award, where the maintenance calculation was influenced by child support being granted, resulting in a maintenance award lower than it would have been without child support;
  • The unwise depletion of marital assets, involving transfers or obligations, made in anticipation of a marital action without fair consideration;
  • The existence and duration of a pre-marital shared residence or a pre-divorce separate residence;
  • Actions by one party against the other that have hindered or continue to hinder a party’s capacity to earn or find substantial employment;
  • The availability and cost of medical insurance for the parties;
  • The responsibility for the care of children, stepchildren, disabled adult children, stepchildren, elderly parents, or in-laws during the marriage, which curbs a party’s earning potential;
  • The tax implications for each party;
  • The standard of living established by the parties during their marriage;
  • The diminished or forfeited earning capability of the recipient due to foregoing or postponing education, training, employment, or career opportunities during the marriage;
  • The contributions and services provided by the recipient as a spouse, parent, wage earner, homemaker, and contributor to the other party’s career or career potential; and
  • Any other factor that the court deems to be equitable and appropriate.


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