Alimony is the payment of support to a former spouse. New Jersey alimony is governed by N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. This statute was amended in 2014 and is still often referred to as the “new” alimony statute.
Under New Jersey alimony law, the court may award one or more of the following types of alimony, either alone or in combination:
When determining whether and how to award alimony in New Jersey, the Court must consider the following fourteen factors:
The “new” statute requires the court to give the factors equal weight unless the court has reason to weigh one factor more heavily than another. In this happens, the court must make specific written findings of fact and conclusions of law in that regard, meaning the court must explain its rationale
Generally, alimony terminates when the recipient remarries, either party dies, or on a specific date set by the court or by the parties in an agreement. Also, the court can terminate or suspend alimony if the payee cohabits with another person.
When negotiating a settlement agreement, parties can determine the modifiability of their alimony depending on their circumstances. Either or both parties can waive their interest in receiving alimony, or they can agree that the alimony amount and/or length cannot be modified under any circumstances.
Alimony can be paid directly to the recipient or paid through the Probation Department.
There are no guidelines for alimony. It is very fact-sensitive and is different in every case. Wilson Family Law LLC can answer the questions you have about alimony as it applies in your case.
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