Alimony, also known as spousal support, is awarded in a divorce case when one spouse depends on the other for financial support. Alimony is not granted in all divorce cases, but when it becomes part of the settlement, there are a number of important factors that must be considered. An experienced Monmouth County divorce lawyer can help you navigate the complexities of this process.
New Jersey recognizes five types of alimony, and the court can award any combination of the following, based on the financial status of each spouse.
A judge will give careful consideration to a number of factors before making decisions about alimony awards; including length of the marriage, the spouses’ age and overall health, the financial needs of the spouse requiring support and the ability of the other spouse to meet that need, education level of each spouse, income, parental responsibilities, and lifestyle of the couple during the marriage. Each alimony case is unique and the court will make a decision based on these factors.
If a there is a change in a spouse’s circumstances, a judge may modify the alimony orders. For example, if one spouse remarries or enters into a civil union, the arrangement may be amended to reflect the changed circumstances. For example, if the supported spouse requires more time to become self-supporting, the court may change the initial alimony orders. Limited duration and permanent alimony can be terminated when one spouse remarries, but a spouse must continue to pay rehabilitative and reimbursement alimony – even if the dependent spouse remarries – unless the judge approves the new arrangement.
Alimony settlements can be complicated and confusing, especially when emotions are running high in the midst of a divorce. It is crucial to contact an experienced, knowledgeable Monmouth County divorce lawyer who can help you reach a fair settlement. At Fox & Melofchik, our dedicated divorce lawyers in Eatontown are committed to helping our clients reach the best possible outcome and a fair financial settlement. We represent clients in Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, as well as Colts Neck, Marlboro, Rumson, Little Silver, Monmouth Beach, Manalapan, Deal, Holmdel, Spring Lake and Ocean Grove. Call us at 732-493-9400 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online.