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Types of alimony in New Jersey

On Behalf of | Feb 14, 2024 | Property Division And Asset Preservation

Alimony is a financial obligation that one spouse may have to provide for the other during or after a divorce.

In New Jersey, alimony is determined based on various factors and can take different forms to meet the needs of both parties involved.

Permanent alimony

Permanent alimony is awarded when one spouse requires financial support indefinitely. It’s usually reserved for cases where one spouse is unable to achieve a standard of living comparable to that enjoyed during the marriage. This type of alimony typically continues until either spouse passes away or the recipient remarries.

Rehabilitative alimony

Rehabilitative alimony is designed to support a spouse while they undergo education, training or other forms of rehabilitation to become self-supporting. This type of alimony has a specific duration and may be granted to enable the recipient to acquire the skills or qualifications necessary to re-enter the workforce and become financially independent.

Limited duration alimony

Limited duration alimony is awarded for a fixed period, providing financial assistance to the recipient spouse until they can support themselves. This type of alimony is suitable for cases where a spouse needs assistance transitioning to single life but is expected to become self-sufficient within a defined timeframe.

Temporary alimony

Temporary alimony, also known as pendente lite support, is given to the dependent spouse until a final decision is made. It’s intended to maintain the status quo and ensure both parties have the means to cover their expenses during the divorce process.

Understanding the different types of alimony available in New Jersey is essential for divorcing couples, so that they can navigate the complexities of spousal support and better ensure a fair and equitable outcome for both parties involved.