Spousal Support

Union County Alimony Attorneys

Representing New Jersey clients facing spousal support matters

Spousal support, often referred to as alimony, is one of the most contested issues in a divorce. It can become so heated that couples who may agree on all issues can find themselves litigating this one matter. Often, parties disagree on what the other deserves. Whether one or both parties worked, the dependent party may be entitled to some degree of support, depending on many factors.

If you are facing divorce, you need a passionate and skillful legal team that can work to mitigate the effects on your life. At Ross & Calandrillo, LLC, we will work tirelessly to protect your interests and future. Our effective and compassionate legal team will zealously represent you in and out of court. If you need attentive and experienced legal services, our firm is here to help. To schedule an appointment, contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC.

New Jersey alimony structures

In 2014, spousal support laws in New Jersey shifted slightly. Alimony was never supposed to be permanent. New Jersey amended state laws regarding alimony, changing permanent alimony to open durational alimony. The four categories of spousal support that can apply to a divorce, include:

  • Open durational alimony: As stated above, open durational alimony was a response to the need to adjust the terms of permanent alimony. No longer is alimony a lifetime obligation. If a couple has been married for over 20 years, open durational alimony provides support for the dependent party with no end date. This structure can be modified based on changing situations, including a shift in the financial needs and the earning potential of the parties involved.
  • Limited duration alimony: When a couple’s relationship ends after a short time, a court may order support on a very limited basis until the dependent party can become independent once again.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: This category is also a short-term obligation. It is saved for a dependent party that deferred goals in support of the other’s success. Often, rehabilitative alimony will help a dependent party pay for schooling or vocational training that would advance their earning potential.
  • Reimbursement alimony: The last category is saved for a party that supported the other in the pursuit of education, advancing the financial status of the family, reimbursement alimony functions to pay back what was spent on the other’s support.

Contact an experienced Union County spousal support law firm

When facing divorce, it is important to have the right legal team by your side. Alimony can easily be the most contested issue of a divorce. Whether you are a dependent party who needs support or the party who may be obliged to pay it, our firm is ready to help. Ross & Calandrillo, LLC is an experienced divorce law firm located in Union County. We are dedicated to the future of our clients. We will work tirelessly to help you come to the best conclusion possible. When you need effective legal services and passionate representation, contact Ross & Calandrillo, LLC to discuss your legal matter.