New Jersey Alimony Law
There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the question of whether alimony will be ordered in any given divorce case, nor whether that support will be limited in term or made permanent.
Will Your Divorce Require a Spousal Support Determination?
The issue is decided on a case-by-case basis, and it can be very complex. Spousal support determinations are the subject of much litigation in New Jersey.
What Factors Will a Court Consider?
Judges must consider a number of different factors to determine whether or not spousal support should be ordered. These include:
- The length of the marriage
- The marital standard of living (usually an average of the last three or four years)
- The relative incomes, ages and health of each spouse
- The respective earning capacity of each spouse
- Whether or not child support has also been ordered
Can my Alimony Be Decreased, Increased, or Terminated after Divorce?
Generally speaking, you can modify an order for alimony after the divorce is final. However, the person seeking the change must be able to show circumstances that warrant reconsideration. Some of the various “substantial changes” that might qualify include a job loss or promotion, a major illness or an alimony payee cohabitating with a new partner.
Find your New Jersey Divorce Attorney
At The Law Office of David T. O’Sullivan, LLC, experience with complex divorce issues such as alimony is just one of the valuable assets our NJ law firm has to offer people in Sussex County, Morris County, Somerset County and northern New Jersey. For answers to these and other questions you may have about spousal support, equitable distribution or your rights under New Jersey law, call us to speak with an experienced NJ lawyer directly at 973.998.7999 or contact us online. Flexible appointment scheduling is available to meet your needs. We accept major credit cards as well.