What is alimony?
Amy Wechsler’s Answer:
Alimony is a means by which one party pays support to the other following a separation or divorce. New Jersey has four types of alimony:
- Limited duration alimony in marriages or civil unions lasting fewer than 20 years cannot exceed the length of the marriage other than in exceptional circumstances, and is often for a shorter period. In exceptional circumstances, alimony lasts longer than the length of the marriage.
- Open durational alimony may be awarded in marriages of 20 years or more, and this does not have an end date.
- Rehabilitative alimony is for a short time to help a party be more independent by getting education, training, or gradually re-entering the workforce. The person seeking rehabilitative alimony must have a specific plan for this rehabilitation.
- Reimbursement alimony is for a party who supported a spouse to obtain an education during the marriage.
A judge can award more than one type of alimony if the facts of a given case warrant it.