When a couple is married, they often take different roles in the relationship. One spouse may bring in most of the finances while the other spouse contributes in other ways. If a couple with an arrangement like this gets divorced, they may have to address the matter of spousal support, which is also commonly referred to as alimony. Spousal support is a commonly contested issue in New Jersey because some spouses may feel as though they are entitled to support while they other may feel as though they shouldn’t have to support their ex after they divorce.
The court takes a number of different factors into consideration when they have to rule on a matter of spousal support. Some of these factors may include the following:
- The earning capacity of the parties involved
- The age and health of each party
- The length of the marriage
- The needs of the dependent spouse
- The ability for the independent spouse to pay
- The standard of living established over the marriage
- Parental responsibility
- Tax consequences of alimony
- The circumstances surrounding temporary support already paid
It is important to be aware that not all couples will require a spousal support agreement in a divorce. If you have questions about spousal support, contact our firm today.
Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.