Alimony & Spousal Support
Guidance for clients throughout New Jersey
Alimony and spousal support aren’t cookie-cutter decisions in New Jersey with a one-size-fits-all approach. Unlike some states, alimony in New Jersey isn’t set by statute or according to a list of guidelines — it is determined on an individual basis, either agreed to by the parties or awarded by the court. With nearly 25 years of experience helping people throughout the state, the divorce and family law attorneys at Jacobs Berger, LLC, are ready to look at your situation, explore the law and ensure that you are treated fairly during and after your divorce.
New Jersey alimony and support options
Spousal support, also known as alimony, may be awarded to balance the financial condition of an economically disadvantaged spouse. In many cases, spousal support is awarded when one spouse is the dominant wage earner because the other chose to become a stay-at-home parent. By reviewing the factors that affect each spouse, a judge — or the parties themselves — can determine the appropriate level and duration of alimony.
Spousal support generally falls into one of these categories:
- Limited duration. 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. 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. 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. 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.
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 divorce. We know divorce is unpleasant and money issues doubly so, and we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty to make sure you are best protected.
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With offices in Morristown, we are located at 16 Washington Street, Suite 201, Morristown, NJ 07960. When you need experienced legal counsel about alimony or divorce, contact us online or call 973-710-4366 today.