What should I know about alimony in NJ?

When couples in New Jersey get divorced, they may be wondering whether spousal support will be awarded to one of the spouses. Spousal support is also called alimony. In New Jersey, there are four types of spousal support. The court will assess the couple’s situation and determine whether spousal support is necessary. If the court does decide to award alimony, they will need to choose one of the four different varieties that best suit the dependent spouse’s needs. Keep in mind that in cases where both spouses are completely financially independent, an alimony award may not be necessary.

The four types of alimony are as follows:

  • Open durational alimony: this is reserved for marriages that lasted over 20 years and does not have a set end date
  • Limited durational alimony: this is reserved for marriages that lasted less than 20 years and the court will determine a time for the obligations will end
  • Rehabilitative alimony: this is another short-term form of alimony that exists to help a spouse who put off his or her career obtain the schooling they need to begin a successful career after the divorce
  • Reimbursement alimony: this form of alimony exists to pay back the spouse who paid for the other’s expenses while they went to school

If you have questions about whether you may be eligible for alimony in your divorce, contact our firm today.

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