If you are going through a divorce in the state of New Jersey, you will probably have a few questions about alimony, or spousal support. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our experienced divorce attorneys to have all your questions answered. In the meantime, read this article for more information.
Questions About Alimony | How Long Does Alimony Last?
If you’re going through a divorce in New Jersey and that divorce involves the question of alimony, one of the sub-parts to that is, how long can I expect alimony to last? That is determined upon the length of your marriage. That is by far the biggest factor in how long alimony will last. There has been a recent enactment of a statute in New Jersey which provides that alimony for a marriage up to 20 years cannot last longer than the marriage. Generally speaking, courts have interpreted that to mean less than one year of alimony for every year of the marriage. If, however, your marriage lasted longer than 20 years, it would reasonably be expected that your alimony award will last until the paying spouse retires.
Questions About Alimony | Will I Have to Pay if My Former Spouse is Unemployed?
In New Jersey, someone’s ability to work goes into determining alimony, but so does the lifestyle that you had during the marriage. In most situations regarding the ability to work, courts are going to look at how both of you lived during your marriage. For instance, was one spouse a stay-at-home parent that took care of the children? If that was the case, you can reasonably expect that a judge will order the other spouse to pay alimony to the spouse that stayed home and had forgone their career in an effort to further the marriage by taking care of the children.
Are you or a loved one getting divorced and have questions about alimony? Contact New Jersey alimony attorney Bart W. Lombardo for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.