Family Lawyers Providing Guidance on Spousal Support and Alimony Issues
Throughout a marriage, couples make decisions that affect how they divide financial and caretaking responsibilities. When the marriage ends, it can be difficult to assess the needs of both parties based on the arrangements that existed before the divorce. If you are facing divorce and are concerned about collecting or paying spousal support or alimony, our attorneys at Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP, are dedicated to securing the financial futures of our clients throughout the divorce process.
Our attorneys have more than a century of combined experience advocating on behalf of clients in spousal support matters. Contact us today to arrange a consultation.
Maintaining your quality of life post-divorce requires skilled advocacy. We work to protect your financial security following a divorce.
Spousal Support And Alimony
While child support is generally based on a statutory formula, there is no set formula for determining the amount or duration of alimony. Instead, alimony is determined by analyzing a variety of factors set forth in New Jersey statutes, such as each party’s actual income and each party’s ability to earn an income, the length of the marriage, the health of the parties, one party’s need for support and the other party’s ability to pay, and the marital standard of living.
New Jersey law provides for five types of alimony:
- Rehabilitative: This form of alimony provides support for a spouse to go to school, get training, or enter employment after an extended absence from the workforce, in order to earn a living.
- Reimbursement: In some instances, reimbursement alimony may be appropriate when one spouse supported the other while he or she earned a professional degree.
- Limited durational: This is payable for a defined, limited period of time.
- Open durational: In most cases, this type of alimony is payable until age 67, the death of either spouse, or the remarriage or cohabitation of the recipient. Open durational alimony may also terminate or be subject to modification due to substantial changes in circumstances such as retirement, disability, job loss, or changes in income.
- Pendente Lite support: Support payable during the pendency of the divorce. A judgment of divorce ends Pendente Lite support, at which time another form of alimony may or may not be awarded.
Whether you are concerned about collecting spousal support or protecting yourself from overburdensome spousal support obligations, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Our lawyers will explain how the law affects your rights and obligations and will advocate for your interests either in negotiations or litigation.
Contact Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP
If you have questions about spousal support, call 908-922-4238 or complete our online contact form to schedule a consultation. Based in Warren Township, we represent clients across Somerset County Hunterdon, Middlesex, Union, Morris, Monmouth, Mercer, and Essex counties, and beyond.
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