Westchester County, NY Family Law Blog

Friday, June 20, 2014

Maintenance Guidelines Bill Fails in New York State Assembly and Senate

I am pleased to report that the maintenance guidelines bill (A9606A, same as S7266A) sponsored by M.A. Helene Weinstein and Senator John Bonacic, which was amended just last week to reduce the proposed maintenance cap to $200,000 of payor's income, has failed to reach the floor of the Assembly or the Senate for a vote, and thus will not be passed this session.  Among other problems with the bill, the proposed cap of $200,000 was illusory, since under the amended bill, the court could simply apply the maintenance formula to the entire combined incomes of the parties and utilize the resulting figure as the "guidelines" award of maintenance, without explaining its reasons for doing so.  Hopefully, the proponents of the bill will reach out to the Family Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, WBASNY, and the AAML, to craft a fair and equitable bill that all can agree upon.

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