When a couple in Monmouth County, New Jersey, makes the decision to get divorced, they will have to address a number of different factors. One such factor that is often contested in a divorce is that of spousal support, which is also referred to as alimony. Sometimes, couples can come to an agreement on this matter quickly and efficiently, while others may need the judge to make a decision on their behalf.
There are four types of spousal support in New Jersey as a result of a change in the laws in recent years. There was once an option for permanent alimony but it has been replaced with what is known as “open durational alimony.” This option is only available for couples that were married for 20 years or more. It is also important to note that not all couples even need alimony because they are both financially independent. When the court has to make a decision on alimony, they will consider a number of different factors, some of which include the following:
- The length of the marriage
- The earning capacity of each spouse
- The age and health of each party
- The standard of living that was established during the marriage
- The parental responsibilities of each party
- The length of time that the dependent spouse was absent from the workforce
If you have questions about divorce or spousal support arrangements in New Jersey, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly today and we would happy to discuss your options.
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