Whether you think your marriage lasted long enough or your former spouse depended upon your financial support to such an extent as to warrant you having to pay him or her alimony, you must comply if the state’s courts decree that you must. It is the law. If you require assistance with changing or terminating your alimony payments, please read on, then contact an experienced Hackensack, New Jersey divorce lawyer to learn what you should know about permanent alimony in the state of New Jersey.
Will you have to pay alimony forever in New Jersey?
While it may seem like forever, thanks to a 2014 law, you will no longer have to pay alimony forever. Instead, you will be subject to open durational alimony, which means that you generally will not have to pay alimony for more years than you were married. For instance, if you were married for a decade, then your alimony can’t last more than 10 years. Nonetheless, you may be ordered to pay one of a few types of alimony for an indefinite period.
What other types of alimony are available in New Jersey?
The court orders different types of alimony depending on the circumstances of the marriage. The types available in New Jersey are as follows:
- Limited Duration Alimony: For couples who were married or in a civil union for less than 20 years. These payments should not be made longer than the duration of the marriage/union and can be terminated if either spouse’s finances change.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: When a spouse holds off their career to support their family, this allows the dependent spouse to receive the education or training they need for work.
- Reimbursement Alimony: If one spouse financially supported the other’s education or training, this type of alimony reimburses them for the cost.
How can a New Jersey divorce lawyer help you?
A skilled New Jersey divorce lawyer will argue that your alimony should be modified or terminated for one of the following reasons:
- Your former spouse remarries
- You become disabled or unemployed
- The dependent spouse becomes independent
While the case might seem obvious to you, you should expect a great deal of time, effort and paperwork. A qualified legal professional can represent you in court, fight on your behalf and draft and present the necessary documents. Our firm will make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities as you proceed. Do not go it alone. Give us a call today.
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