One of the most frequently contested issues in a New Jersey divorce is that of spousal support, which is also commonly referred to as alimony. In 2014, New Jersey made significant changes to its spousal support law by eliminating the option for permanent spousal support and replacing it with an “open durational” option.
Often, spousal support is highly contested because one former spouse doesn’t feel as though they should have to continue providing financial support for the other spouse after the marriage is over. Of course, this is a valid concern but in some cases, spousal support is warranted. In others, it is unnecessary and will not be an issue that must be addressed. However, when the matter is contested, a judge may have to make the final decision on the couple’s behalf. In New Jersey, the judge will take a number of different factors into consideration, some of which include the following:
- The length of the marriage
- The age and health of each party
- The earning capacity and employability of each party
- The need and ability of the parties to pay or request support
- The length of time the dependent party was out of the job market
- Each party’s parental responsibility
- The equitable distribution of property
- Each party’s financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage
- The quality of life that was established during the marriage
Of course, everyone’s situation is different so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney regarding alimony. If you have questions regarding spousal support in New Jersey, contact our firm today.
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