What You Need to Know About Alimony in New Jersey

Modifications to Alimony and Child Support, What You Need to Know

When couples get divorced, the financially dependent spouse is often left wondering whether he or she will be able to take care of him or herself without the additional financial support. That is why New Jersey courts generally offer alimony to these spouses. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Bergen County family law attorneys to learn more about alimony and how our firm can help you receive it. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the different types of alimony available in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, there are several different types of alimony, though the type you receive depends largely on your specific situation. The various types of alimony are as follows:

  • Open durational alimony: If you are a financially dependent spouse and were married for more than 20 years, you will most likely be granted open durational alimony. This means that you will receive alimony payments until you either remarry, begin living with another person, or reach financial stability that eliminates the need for alimony payments.
  • Limited duration alimony: If you are financially dependent though you were married for less than 20 years, the judge will most likely grant you alimony payments for a predetermined period of time, giving you a timeframe to become financially independent.
  • Reimbursement alimony: If you paid for your dependent spouse’s schooling, training, or another program before your divorce, there is a very good chance that you will be entitled to reimbursement alimony.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: This type of alimony is for spouses who forewent their career goals to support their spouse’s career before their divorce. In this case, you may receive rehabilitative alimony to help cover the cost of any retraining or reeducation you may need to pick up where you left off.

What will the courts consider when deciding how much alimony I can receive?

New Jersey courts consider many different factors when determining alimony. As mentioned above, the duration of your marriage is a big one. However, courts will also consider you and your spouse’s age and health, whether you have children and what your child custody agreement is, the standard of living established in your marriage, and more. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced Bergen County family law attorneys today. We are always here to help.

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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