Spousal Support Attorneys
After your divorce, you and your spouse both want to get back on your feet and move forward. Alimony can provide options, but since there are no set guidelines for alimony in New Jersey, you want an experienced lawyer on your side. At the law offices of Morris, Downing & Sherred, our Sparta alimony attorneys can guide you through the maze of spousal support issues and come up with a plan that works for you.
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You do not have to be married 20 years for alimony to be a factor in your divorce. Many short-term marriages can result in alimony obligations. If alimony applies to your divorce, it is important to come up with the right solution to fit your needs.
Types Of Alimony
New Jersey recognizes four types of alimony: permanent alimony, rehabilitative alimony, limited duration alimony and reimbursement alimony.
Permanent alimony is self-explanatory, and is awarded in long-term marriages where one spouse did not pursue a career or passed up educational opportunities to support the marital enterprise. Rehabilitative alimony lasts for a fixed period of time, and is intended to allow a spouse to re-enter the job market. Limited duration alimony lasts for a fixed period of time, and may be appropriate when the court determines that a permanent award is not warranted. Reimbursement alimony is appropriate in circumstances where one spouse supported the other while he or she obtained an advanced education.
The different types of alimony may be combined to arrive at a plan that is fair to both parties. In making an alimony award, the court considers the following factors:
- The actual need and the ability of the parties to pay
- The duration of the marriage
- The age, physical and emotional health of the parties
- The standard of living established in the marriage and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills and employability of the parties
- The custodial responsibilities for the children of the party seeking alimony
- The equitable distribution of property ordered
Gathering the facts and analyzing the evidence is critical to adequately presenting your case. Spousal support concerns are especially important if you are going through a high net worth divorce. When there is more money involved, you can expect more of a fight.
Alimony Termination And Modification
As your life changes after your divorce, your spousal support plan may be able to change with it. We can help you obtain a termination or modification of your current alimony plan to better suit your needs if you or your spouse remarries, gets a new job or experiences some other significant change in circumstances.
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With more than 100 years of experience helping New Jersey families, our alimony attorneys are ready to guide you through the spousal support determination process and find a plan that works. Contact our Newton offices today or call us at 973-383-2700 to schedule a confidential consultation and learn more.