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Alimony: Spousal Support

Alimony: Spousal Support

When you are going through a divorce, there are a number of different outcomes that may occur in addition to dissolving your marriage. One such outcome is alimony, which is a legally binding financial agreement between a couple that can be awarded during divorce proceedings. Alimony, also known as spousal support, is usually awarded when one spouse has a significantly larger income than the other. In that case, the court mandates regular payments in order to assist with financial security when the divorce is finalized.
There are different factors that go into the amount of alimony that is awarded in a case, including the length of marriage, earning capacity, and custodial responsibilities after the divorce. In addition, common types of alimony include:

  • Limited Duration – Lasts until a specific date
  • Rehabilitative – Lasts until the receiving party can return to work
  • Reimbursement – Lasts until the paying party reimburses the payee of the resources spent to further the paying party’s education or career
  • Open Durational – Does not have a set expiration time

Spousal support may also come to an end when the receiving party enters into cohabits with another, either party dies, the paying spouse retires, there is a significant decrease in the earnings of the paying spouse, or if evidence shows the receiver is not making efforts to become self-supporting. For additional questions about alimony, discuss your situation with an experienced divorce attorney.

Four Things to Know about New Jersey Alimony Laws


Sweeping changes to New Jersey alimony were signed into effect by Gov. Chris Christie in September 2014. Understanding the changes is vital to women seeking a divorce in New Jersey, particularly those who were stay-at-home mothers or who relied solely on their husband’s income. Four of the most important changes to New Jersey alimony include:

Understanding New Jersey’s New Alimony Law


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently signed a bill making sweeping changes to New Jersey alimony laws, including eliminating permanent alimony. Any woman contemplating a divorce in New Jersey needs to understand the new laws to make the best decisions possible about her financial future.
The biggest change is that permanent alimony is no longer allowable under New Jersey law. The new standard is “open durational alimony.” In general, payers of alimony will be able to apply to end the payments when they reach retirement age.

The new alimony laws were adopted on Sept. 11, 2014 and apply mainly to future divorces, although it does allow that under most circumstances current alimony payments will end when the spouse paying those reaches age 67.

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How to Deal with a Narcissist and Other Personality Disorders in Divorces

divorcing a narcissist

There are many issues that arise during a divorce, but what can make the entire process extremely difficult is when one spouse has a personality disorders that influences the path of the marriage dissolution.  One of the major problems with this situation is that the public perception of the spouse with the personality disorder may be that he or she is charismatic and charming, while the reality behind the scenes is someone who is manipulative and dangerously aggressive, lashing out when the facts challenge the reality that he has created.  It is a challenge to convince the court that the public persona is not the real individual.  This is particularly stressful if there are children involved in the divorce.

How Will the Pending Alimony Reform Affect New Jersey Divorces

alimony reform

The alimony reform act that has been contemplated and debated for a long time now has just passed the New Jersey State Assembly at the end of the legislature’s fiscal year on June 30 and it presents significant changes to New Jersey divorce laws.  The passage was swift following approximately three years of arguments and compromises.  The bill is now heading to the desk of Governor Christie for his signature.  This reform marks a significant change in alimony laws, although it will not be retroactively applied to alimony agreements that already are in place.  However, it will apply to divorces that presently are pending in the courts, as well as new divorce cases that are filed.

Grandparents Have a Right to See Their Grandchildren in New Jersey

grandparent rights

Grandparents across the State of New Jersey can take comfort in the fact that New Jersey is one of those jurisdictions that provides them with a legally enforceable right to see their grandchildren if those visits are in the best interest of the child.

How Does a Marriage Counselor Help in a New Jersey Divorce?

Marriage counselors in divorce

Having made the decision to move forward with a divorce, it seems rather counterintuitive, and perhaps a waste of time, to sit down with a marriage counselor, but this may be one of the best decisions that a person can make in going through the steps of dissolving a marriage.

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