Alimony / Spousal Support

Alimony / Spousal Support

New Jersey law specifies several factors a Court must consider to rule on this issue, such as the parties’ incomes and assets, their ages, the length of the marriage, etc. Essentially, as told to Pamela Copeland by a now-retired judge, it boils down to these magic words: Coverture-Acquired Economic Dependence. In plain English, this means that if a party was economically dependent on the other during the marriage, the dependent spouse likely would be entitled to receive alimony. The issue then becomes what type of alimony.

New Jersey alimony law was changed recently, abolishing permanent alimony, although open durational alimony can be ordered in long-term marriages. In addition, Limited duration alimony, rehabilitative alimony and reimbursement alimony can be ordered or agreed based on the facts of the case and the statutory factors. The new law also specifies how long alimony is to be paid based on the length of shorter-term marriages, and how to handle cohabitation and retirement issues.