Alimony is not automatically awarded in divorce. It is governed by statutory factors as well as the discretion of the judge. The amount and duration — and whether it is awarded at all — are a significant financial consideration.
With so much at stake, you need an attorney who can anticipate how alimony is likely to play out and who can go to bat for you in contested proceedings. Divorce and alimony attorney Rajeh A. Saadeh has negotiated and litigated alimony in the divorce courts of Middlesex County, Somerset County, Hunterdon County, Union County, Morris County and Mercer County.
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Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our lawyer about alimony and other factors of divorce.
How Is Alimony Determined?
The premise of alimony, or spousal support, is to enable both parties to enjoy the same standard of living after they divorce — which is almost never possible. The bigger the difference in their incomes or circumstances, the more substantial the award may be. While there may be some alimony in any divorce, it often comes into play in high net worth divorces.
Under New Jersey law, alimony can be awarded for a limited time or indefinitely. A judge decides how much and how long (or declines to award any support) based on statutory factors. Some of the chief criteria are the income and earning power of each spouse, the length of the marriage, child-rearing responsibilities, accustomed lifestyle and need based on age, health or disability.
- Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded for a few years to allow the lesser-earning spouse to go back to school or establish a career.
- Reimbursement alimony compensates for sacrifices during the marriage such as supporting the other spouse through graduate school.
- Open-durational, or what used to be called “permanent” or “lifetime” alimony, may be awarded in longer marriages if one spouse is not able to support himself or herself. It is typically terminated if the recipient remarries or when the payor retires.
Explore Your Options
If you believe you deserve alimony or if you believe that it would be unfair for you to pay alimony, we can give an honest assessment of your situation and help you decide how to proceed. Alimony can also serve as a bargaining tool in property division such as trading other marital assets in lieu of alimony payments.
The Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh, L.L.C., handles divorces throughout the Middlesex metro area (Somerset, Middlesex, Hunterdon, Union, Morris and Mercer counties). Call our Somerville office at 908-864-6889 to schedule a consultation, or fill out our online form and we will respond soon.