What to Know About Temporary Alimony in New Jersey

If you believe that you require temporary alimony during your divorce proceedings, continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey alimony and spousal support attorney.

What is pendente lite support?

Pendente lite support is a legal term for alimony and support that is sought during the divorce process before an alimony agreement is reached. Pendente lite support is often awarded to spouses who sacrificed their careers or the potential to earn a living to be primary caregivers to children, or caretakers of the family home. This support is used to help these spouses to fulfill these responsibilities during the divorce.

How can I obtain a pendent lite agreement during a divorce?

There are various ways to reach a pendente lite agreement. When the divorcing parties come to an agreement regarding which party is responsible for which expenses, they may come to a conclusion that additional support from one party to the other is necessary. If the courts agree that this arrangement is fair and reasonable, you and your alimony attorney can submit this informal agreement in a consent order to the court. This will make the temporary support arrangement become a formal pendente lite agreement that is enforceable by law.

Another way to obtain a temporary alimony agreement is by submitting a petition with the courts to review your case and potentially award a temporary support agreement. This route is often taken when a spouse refuses to support the other during the divorce process. This petition will require documents including a “Certification” and a “Case Information Statement”. Certification provides the necessary financial information regarding the expected lifestyle. The case information statement provides the necessary financial information pertaining to the finances of the marriage and the income of both parties. It will also include assets you possess and history of monthly expenses.

How are temporary alimony agreements calculated?

If temporary alimony is found necessary in your case by the divorce court, the court will attempt to find a pendente lite agreement that allows both parties to maintain the lifestyle that they enjoyed during the marriage. The courts will consider the same factors when deciding a final alimony agreement to come to a conclusion of awarding temporary alimony. For assistance with this process, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced New Jersey temporary alimony attorney.

Contact our experienced Bergen County firm

At Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, our attorneys have extensive experience helping clients to understand and protect their legal rights before, during, and after the divorce process in towns across New Jersey and Bergen County, including Hackensack, Ridgewood, Paramus, Teaneck, and Fort Lee. To speak with our team of divorce lawyers today in a free and confidential consultation regarding your concerns about your divorce, please contact us online, or through our Hackensack, NJ office at (201) 397-1750.

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