When an individual in New Jersey goes through a divorce, they may be ordered to pay spousal support to their soon-to-be ex-spouse. Of course, the person ordered to make spousal support payments is usually not thrilled about this new obligation and often wants to know how long they will be required to make these payments. There are many factors that are considered when the court determines an alimony obligation, including the length of the obligation.
First, the court will consider the length of the marriage. The longer the marriage, the longer the spousal support obligation. If the marriage lasted more than 20 years, the parties may be able to obtain open durational alimony. This form of alimony simply means that the spousal support payments will be required until there is a significant change in circumstances such as a loss of employment, marriage to a new spouse, and more. However, shorter marriages are typically subject to limited duration alimony. This means that the court will determine an end date for how long the spousal support obligation will last at the time that it grants one spouse alimony. The length of the spousal support obligation is not to exceed the length of the marriage.
If you have questions about alimony in your divorce, contact our firm today.
Ross and Calandrillo, LLC is a full-service divorce, family, and real estate law firm in Mountainside, New Jersey. For strong legal representation in all of your family law matters, contact Ross and Calandrillo, LLC to schedule a free consultation.