Somerset County Alimony Attorneys
Strong Negotiators & Litigators with Your Best Interests in Mind
Throughout a marriage, couples make decisions that affect how they divide financial and caretaking responsibilities. When the marriage ends, it can be difficult to assess the needs of both parties based on the arrangements that existed before the divorce. If you are facing divorce and are concerned about collecting or paying alimony, our attorneys at Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP are dedicated to securing your financial future throughout the divorce process and beyond.
Maintaining your quality of life post-divorce requires skilled advocacy. Our Somerset County alimony attorneys have more than a century of combined experience advocating on behalf of clients in spousal support matters.
Awarding Alimony in New Jersey
While child support is generally based on a statutory formula, there is no set formula for determining the amount or duration of alimony. Instead, alimony is determined by analyzing the 14 factors set forth in New Jersey statutes, such as each party’s actual income and each party’s ability to earn an income, the length of the marriage, the health of the parties, one party’s need for support and the other party’s ability to pay, and the marital standard of living.
New Jersey law provides for five types of alimony:
- Rehabilitative: This form of alimony provides support for a spouse to go to school, get training, or enter employment after an absence from the workforce.
- Reimbursement: In some instances, reimbursement alimony may be appropriate when one spouse supported the other while he or she earned a professional degree.
- Limited durational: This is payable for a defined, limited period of time.
Open durational: This term will remain valid until the court decides to terminate the order
or if both parties involved decide they wish to terminate it.
Open durational alimony can be paid under the following circumstnaces:
- The payor's retirement (at social security age)
- The either spouse
- The remarriage of the recipient
Open durational alimony may also terminate or be subject to modification
due to substantial changes in circumstances such as:
- Job loss
- Changes in income or cohabitation by the recipient
- Open durational alimony can be paid under the following circumstnaces:
- Pendente Lite support: This is temporary support payable during the pendency of the divorce.
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Whether you are concerned about collecting spousal support or protecting yourself from overly burdensome alimony obligations, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Our Somerset County alimony attorneys can explain how the law affects your rights and obligations and can advocate for your interests either in negotiations or litigation.
To learn more about your rights regarding spousal support, call Shimalla, Wechsler, Lepp & D’Onofrio, LLP at (908) 356-7634.
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