Alimony Attorneys In Monmouth County
Financial concerns are a primary cause for marital breakups and often continue to be a contentious issue during the divorce process. Spousal support is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other with the intent of allowing the recipient to maintain a standard of living close to the one that was set during the marriage. Spousal support can be permanent, but more often is scheduled for an amount of time deemed sufficient enough to allow the recipient to become self-supporting.
At Deitch & Perone, P.C., we advocate for clients who receive spousal support, as well as those who pay it. If couples cannot reach an agreement on their own, the court will consider a number of factors in determining the amount and duration of spousal support. These include:
- The length of the marriage
- The ability to pay as well as the level of need for spousal support
- Each party’s financial and other contributions to the marriage, including caring for children
- Each party’s age and physical and emotional health
- The standard of living that was set during the marriage
- The recipient’s plan to pursue education or training to become self-sufficient
New Jersey Alimony Attorneys
Alimony may be ordered as a regular payment or paid as a lump sum. New Jersey courts may order temporary alimony, also known as alimony pendente lite, to allow a spouse to pay living expenses while the divorce is completed. The most common types of alimony aside from that are:
Rehabilitative alimony, which is generally accompanied by a plan detailing how the recipient will use the money to obtain job training or education that will allow him or her to become self-sufficient.
Limited duration alimony, which is based on financial need and may be ordered for a reasonable amount of time to allow the recipient to become self-sufficient.
Reimbursement alimony, which is designed to compensate a spouse who supported the other spouse’s education or training.
Permanent alimony is somewhat of a misnomer in that it is a set amount that is paid regularly to a party, but often has life events that trigger the end of payments, including remarriage or cohabitation.
Modifying Spousal Support
A party can petition the court to modify spousal support if a life event warrants. This may include a change in job status or income for either the recipient or the individual who pays alimony. We can assist you with this process. It is important to obtain court approval for modifications rather than settle for verbal agreements between former spouses.
It is critical to have experienced and knowledgeable alimony lawyers in your corner who will serve as strong advocates. Contact us to schedule a free consultation in which we can review your situation and recommend the best steps to take. We work with clients in Monmouth County and across central New Jersey.