Alimony & Spousal Support
Alimony and Spousal Support Attorney Morris County, NJ
Providing Guidance and Results for clients across Randolph, Tewksbury, Madison, Morristown, and Morris County
Alimony can be one of the most difficult issues to decide during any divorce or mediation process. The dependent spouse will want to ensure that their financial needs are met following their divorce, while the supporting party will want to limit their financial obligations in an effort to do exactly the same thing. And unlike many states, alimony in New Jersey is determined without many set guidelines, leaving room for a great deal of negotiation, and possible contention.
At Jacobs Berger, LLC, we offer a more communicative and constructive approach than many other law firms when deciding these particularly difficult issues like alimony and spousal support. We strive to help our clients more peaceably resolve these issues, but we are also prepared to aggressively and tenaciously defend our client’s financial future when necessary.
We have extensive experience working with clients across Randolph, Madison, Tewskbury, Morristown, and the greater Morris County area to effectively and fairly resolve their alimony agreements while minimizing the stress normally associated with this process. Contact our firm today to discuss your unique needs and concerns regarding alimony and spousal support in a confidential case assessment.
How will my Morris County Alimony Settlement be Decided?
Alimony is typically awarded during divorce when one spouse is financially dependent on the other. As previously mentioned, there are no set guidelines for determining exactly how much alimony will be awarded in any particular case, but there are a number of different factors which are taken into account when awarding an alimony settlement. These factors are outlined in the New Jersey statute N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23(b), and include:
- The financial needs, age, and health of each party
- The ability of the supporting spouse to pay
- The duration of the marriage or civil union
- The standard of living established during the marriage, and the ability of both parties to maintain this standard
- The earning capacity, education, vocational skills, and employment opportunities of both parties
- The parental responsibilities of both parties, during and after the marriage
- The time and expense necessary for the supporting party to re-enter the workplace
- The history of marital contributions made by the supported party to the marriage
- The terms of their division of assets settlement
- Any and all other factors the court deems relevant to your particular case
While these factors will all need to be discussed and considered during an alimony settlement process, the extent to which each of them influences the ultimate outcome, and how, is greatly dependent upon your Randolph alimony attorney.
Our firm is prepared to listen closely to all of your needs and concerns regarding your alimony settlement, and then work to achieve the alimony settlement which best reflects those unique needs. We understand just how important your financial stability is to you, and the critical role that any alimony settlement you reach will have on that financial stability.
Madison Alimony Lawyers Discuss the Different Types of Alimony
Beyond the factors discussed above which determine exactly how much alimony will be awarded in your Madison divorce settlement, there are several different types of alimony which will be awarded, depending on your specific circumstances.
Spousal support generally falls into one of these categories:
- Limited duration alimony – This type of alimony is awarded to support a spouse for a specified period — until the person can be self-supporting, as by obtaining a job. It’s often awarded in the case of short- or medium-duration marriages and can typically be modified with a significant change in circumstances.
- Rehabilitative alimony – This type of alimony is awarded for a specific, temporary period to allow the recipient to gain training or education and improve earning capacity.
- Reimbursement alimony – Recognizing that one spouse may have made economic sacrifices or used non-marital funds to support the other spouse’s higher education or specialized training, this form of alimony reimburses the lower-earning spouse for a specified period.
- Permanent alimony – In a marriage of sufficient duration involving one partner who is unlikely to gain any form of financial independence, permanent support may be awarded. A change in the financial circumstances by either party may be a reason for the court to later adjust this, however.
- Temporary alimony – Alimony can also be sought during the divorce process itself. Known as pendente lite support, temporary alimony allows a dependent spouse to meet their financial obligations during their divorce process until such time that a formal alimony settlement is reached.
Financial stability after marriage is important for individuals and for families with children. We offer skilled advice and representation to help you gain firm economic footing during, and after, your divorce. We know divorce is unpleasant and money issues doubly so, but we are prepared to help you ensure your financial interests are properly protected.
Alimony Modification Attorneys Randolph, NJ
Any alimony agreement you reach during your divorce will be based on the circumstances of you and your spouse at the time of your divorce. When these circumstances change, it may warrant a modification of your initial alimony agreement.
If you believe that circumstances have changed in such a way that calls for either an increase, or decrease, of your current alimony settlement, or are facing a petition for an alimony modification, contact our firm today to discuss your options and next steps in a free and confidential consultation.
Contact our Morristown Spousal Support and Alimony Attorneys Today
At The Law Office of Jacobs Berger, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients across Randolph, Madison, Tewksbury, Morristown, and the greater Morris County area to successfully and effectively resolve their alimony agreements and alimony modification petitions.
Whether you are concerned about receiving the financial support you need after your divorce, or being unable to meet your own financial needs after paying alimony, we are prepared to listen closely to all of your concerns, thoroughly investigate your unique situation, and work towards an alimony settlement which best meets those unique needs and concerns. While we prefer to work in a more communicative and compromise-oriented manner than many other law firms, we are not afraid to aggressively litigate on your behalf in order to ensure your financial future is secure.
To schedule a confidential case assessment with our firm today regarding your alimony settlement or alimony modification issue, please contact us online, or through our Morristown office at (973) 718-7705.