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For some divorcing couples, one spouse may have been the sole or primary breadwinner for the family; when these couples separate, it can leave the other spouse without a means of financial support, especially if that spouse has foregone education or training or deferred his or her career growth to support his or her spouse’s educational and career achievements. Fortunately, New Jersey divorce law provides a method by which divorcing couples can both maintain relatively comparable standards of living as they go their separate ways and both spouses become financially independent and self-sufficient. Courts can order spouses to pay alimony or other spousal support to their other spouse during separation, divorce proceedings, and following the final judgment of divorce.
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Determining alimony or spousal support arrangement is a fact-intensive endeavor. You need an experienced, aggressive attorney who will diligently protect your rights and interests and fight to ensure that you end up with an alimony or support arrangement that fits your individual circumstances. Contact Team Law today for a no-cost initial case review to learn more about your rights and options with respect to alimony and spousal support.
Under New Jersey law, spouses may be entitled to seek several different kinds of spousal support or alimony, such as:
In an award of limited or open durational alimony, the parties’ agreement or the court’s order may expressly entitle either party to seek modification or termination of the alimony award due to changed circumstances such as the recipient’s party’s completion of education or training or securing employment, the recipient party’s cohabitation with a non-family member, or the recipient party’s remarriage.
It takes both spouses to build a life and a family together, and both spouses should continue to enjoy the life and lifestyle they’ve helped build once getting divorced. At Team Law, our attorneys will fight to ensure that you receive alimony or a spousal support arrangement that is fair to you. If you are seeking alimony or support, we can help ensure that you receive an order of support that recognizes your contributions to the marriage and to the family and that will allow you to support yourself until you can secure the means to live independently and self-sufficiently. Or if you are being asked to pay alimony or support to your spouse, we can ensure that your obligation is one you can afford and is reasonable in light of your and your spouse’s expenses and the lifestyle you enjoyed during your marriage.
If you are seeking alimony or spousal support in your divorce action, or if you need to enforce an existing alimony order or modify or terminate your existing alimony obligation, you need experienced legal representation that will fight to advance your rights and interests. Schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with the family law attorneys of Team Law today to discuss your legal rights and options with respect to alimony or spousal support and to learn more about how our knowledgeable attorneys can help you secure the outcome you need and deserve.
In New Jersey, the amount and duration of alimony is calculated not according to a mathematical formula but by the court’s weighing of various factors set forth in the statute, including the respective earning capacities, debts, and assets of the parties, the parties’ respective expenses, the parties’ respective health conditions, the quality of lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the parties’ respective responsibilities for raising children, and whether one spouse contributed to the educational and professional advancement of the other spouse.
Alimony is meant to be based on economic and not personal or emotional factors. If your spouse has begun cohabitating with a new romantic partner, it may serve as a basis for the court to find sufficient changed circumstances to warrant modification or termination of alimony, especially if cohabitation is expressly stated as a grounds for modification or termination in your postnuptial or marital settlement agreement or in the court’s alimony award. However, if your ex has moved in with a new partner, it does not automatically mean you are entitled to modification or termination of your alimony obligation.
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