Alimony payments are awarded to one spouse to ensure that both parties are able to live the quality of life they both enjoyed when they were together. In no way should it be seen as either a punishment for the alimony payor, or a reward to the payee.
It is important to note, though, that alimony laws in New Jersey are primed for a change. According to an article from The Star-Ledger, a proposed change to state alimony laws is set to appear on Governor Chris Christie’s desk. Some of the changes to the law include the following:
- • For marriages that lasted fewer than 20 years, the length of alimony payments cannot exceed the length of the marriage unless a judge decides there are “exceptional circumstances”
- • Judges would be able to end payments if the recipient lives with a partner, even if they don’t get married.
- • Judges would be able to lower payments if the payer has been out of work for 90 days.
- • The term “permanent alimony” would be replaced with “open durational alimony.”
Of course, these changes don’t come into effect until Gov. Christie signs the proposed bill. In the meantime, make sure that you and your lawyer are updated with state alimony laws and how they may affect your strategy moving forward.
At the end of the day, you and your spouse can choose to avoid court and negotiate the terms of your alimony yourselves. Unfortunately, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. In the event your spouse does not want to negotiate alimony, you’ll want the help of the best divorce lawyers in NJ. Romanowski Law Offices has the skills and experience to draft the parameters of your alimony and other divorce settlements.
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Divorce isn’t supposed to be a “circus”; it’s supposed to be fair. If you truly believe that you require alimony to continue living the lifestyle that you’ve become accustomed to and deserve to live, do not hesitate to consult a divorce lawyer.
(Source: Bill to change NJ’s alimony law heads to Christie; The Star-Ledger via NJ.com; June 30, 2014)