Spousal Support

When considering whether to award alimony payments from one spouse to another, a court will analyze many different factors to determine what is fair. Unlike child support, New Jersey alimony awards are not determined by a complex set of formulas, call us today to discuss your rights 732-377-2005.

The court examines a variety of factors to determine what amount, if any, is appropriate.

• Rehabilitative alimony: This is spousal support given to an ex-spouse to become self-supporting through education and job training. It lasts for a limited time period based on the rehabilitative goal to be achieved (for example, the alimony payments may last for four years, to give an ex-spouse time to attain a college degree).
• Permanent alimony: This type of alimony lasts for an indefinite period of time, usually until either the payor or payee passes away. Permanent spousal support is more unusual now than it has been in the past. Usually, permanent alimony is a consideration in marriages of extremely long duration where the spouses have extremely different earning capacities.
• Limited duration (term) alimony: This type of spousal support is for a fixed period of time, and it is usually awarded for short-term help to supplement a spouse’s income during the divorce proceedings. Under certain circumstances, alimony for a specified term may be modified or terminated if the person receiving alimony begins to share housing with a new romantic partner.

After the divorce you may still face alimony issues. I provide ongoing representation concerning alimony awards. If there has been a substantial change in circumstances, alimony awards may be modified or terminated. Factors such as remarriage, variation in income, change in health, job status, and location all can affect spousal support.

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