Whatever you may or may not think about the justness of having to pay spousal maintenance, otherwise known as alimony, to your former spouse, if there is a court order dictating you to pay, then you must do so. If you need help modifying or terminating your alimony agreement, please read on, then contact an experienced Ocean County alimony attorney to learn what are the types of alimony in the state of New Jersey.
What kinds 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.
Will you have to pay alimony forever in New Jersey?
In the past, spouses could receive permanent alimony in the Garden State. However, a 2014 law replaced possible permanent alimony with open durational alimony. In most cases, the length of alimony can’t last for more years than the marriage. For example, if the marriage lasted 10 years, alimony can usually only last up to 10 years. So, most likely, you will not have to pay alimony forever.
How can an Ocean County divorce attorney help you?
A skilled Ocean County divorce attorney can lodge arguments on your behalf. If you have become disabled or involuntarily unemployed, your former spouse is cohabitating with a person that they are in a conjugal relationship with, has remarried or has made no effort to become independent, then you may have grounds for modifying or terminating your spousal maintenance payments. Given the time-consuming and complex nature of the law, a qualified legal professional can draft the required paperwork as well as collect and present the evidence necessary to prove your case in court. Our firm will help maintain your rights and see that you fulfill your responsibilities. You can’t afford to allow your case to languish, so please give us a call today.
Contact our experienced Ocean County firm
Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.