Special Relief in Divorce Actions


What is Special Relief?
It is relief that the New York court may grant a party directing his/her spouse to provide insurance for the benefit of his/her spouse or his/her children.

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What can the New York Court order a spouse to do?
The Court can order a spouse to:

  • Purchase, maintain or assign a policy of insurance for health and hospital care and related services for either spouse or children
  • Purchase, maintain or assign a policy of insurance on the life of either spouse and designate either spouse or children of the marriage as irrevocable beneficiary

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Are there any restrictions on the court's ability to order Special Relief in New York?
The policy of health insurance and related services for either spouse or children cannot be for longer than a party is obligated to pay maintenance, child support or a distributive award.

The life insurance may be during a period of time fixed by the Court but the beneficiary's interest must terminate upon the termination of the spouse's obligation to pay maintenance, child support, a distributive award, or when the beneficiary remarries or predeceases the insured.

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