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Formula for Determining Alimony

Does New Jersey have a formula for determining the amount of alimony?

Amy Wechsler’s Answer:

No. In New Jersey there is no formula for the amount of alimony someone will receive. Many people may tell you that there is a formula or a rule of thumb, but judges deciding alimony are not permitted to simply apply a formula. Instead, they must give consideration to the statutory factors and to each couple’s particular facts and circumstances. For example, the amount of alimony may be lower in a shorter marriage than in a long-term marriage. If a party paying alimony has extraordinary high medical expenses, that fact could have an impact on the amount of alimony. The calculation of alimony is clearer for reimbursement alimony and rehabilitation alimony. In the case of reimbursement alimony, the amount would be based on specific expenses a spouse is seeking to be repaid. In the case of rehabilitative alimony, the amount would in part be based on the cost to acquire education, training, or take steps to enter the workforce.

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