Matawan, New Jersey, Spousal Support (Alimony) Attorney

Spousal support is an extremely important part of the divorce process. Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusion about how alimony is awarded in New Jersey. While there are many ways to handle spousal support, it is essential to begin the divorce process with realistic expectations, based upon your particular circumstances.

At our law firm, we take the time to make sure you understand the likely outcomes of your case from the very beginning, so there are no surprises along the way.

Spousal support attorney Robin Jill Schneider has more than 30 years of experience helping people in the Matawan area work through complex legal issues. Call us today to discuss your divorce.

Determining Spousal Support

Generally, spousal support is paid by the higher-earning spouse to the lower-earning spouse, and the amount and duration of payments are determined by a judge. Although there is no formula for determining alimony in New Jersey, judges consider several statutory factors, including the following:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Income, earning capacity and employability of each spouse
  • Contributions, financial and nonfinancial, of each spouse to the marriage, including child-rearing responsibilities
  • Child custody
  • Time and expense required for the receiving spouse to become financially independent
  • Age of each spouse

These factors also play a role in which of the five types of alimony you may be awarded or ordered to pay:

  • Temporary alimony, which is payable during the divorce process
  • Limited duration alimony, which is paid for a specific time period
  • Rehabilitative alimony, which provides compensation for education, training and other expenses to help the dependent spouse become self-supporting
  • Reimbursement alimony, which reimburses one spouse who supported the other through school, but did not benefit from the education because of the divorce
  • Open duration alimony, which is for dependent spouses who may never become self-supporting

New Alimony Law

On September 10, 2015 Governor Christie signed legislation that has significantly changed the alimony laws in New Jersey. Now, the number of years of alimony is dependent upon the number of years of marriage; alimony terminates upon cohabitation; payors can retire and ask to terminate their alimony; alimony can be suspended, if the payor becomes unemployed. This law may affect even those people with existing settlement agreements. It is essential to work with an attorney who understands current laws and how they may change in the future. Robin Jill Schneider is such an attorney.

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To arrange a free consultation with our alimony lawyer, please call 732-812-4944 or contact us online.