Alimony can be obtained during a divorce case by way of motion or after the case is final. In New Jersey, there are three forms of alimony:
Limited Duration Alimony which is set for a certain period of time
Open Durational Alimony which replaced permanent alimony and is the alimony most people seek when the case is appropriate.
Reimbursement Alimony is rare but still applied in certain cases.
What most people do not know is that alimony is not automatic like child support is and there is no “formula” as to how it is determined (especially the amount). Obviously the income of the parties is one of the main factors but the marital lifestyle is just as important. The goal of alimony is to try and and provide a similar lifestyle to the dependent spouse for a certain period of time. The factors in determining alimony are similar to those in the equitable distribution aspect of a divorce. For instance, the duration of the marriage, age and health of the parties, educational backgrounds of the parties, income earning ability, equitable distribution payout, parental/custodial responsibilities, length of absence from the workplace, tax treatment of the alimony payments and other factors the court deems relevant.
Our team handles many cases that involve alimony and/or child support. We have practiced before Judges throughout the State including but not limited to: Bergen, Morris, Middlesex, Hudson and Essex Counties. Contact us today if you have a divorce case on 201-706-7012 or 201-706-7910.