How is alimony determined?
Amy Wechsler’s Answer:
There are two elements to alimony: one is the amount, and the other is the length of time over which it will be paid. New Jersey law governing alimony requires a consideration of many factors when determining 1) whether someone is entitled to alimony and if so, 2) the amount and the duration of the payments. You may hear of someone getting a great alimony award and think that will apply to you, but that’s not how it works. Every case is different and judges must weigh many factors including: the need of one party for assistance; the ability of the other party to pay; whether there is a substantial difference in the parties’ current incomes as well as the difference in what the parties’ are reasonably capable of earning; the length of the marriage; the ages and health of the parties; the marital lifestyle and other factors.