Why You Need a Spousal Support Attorney
Negotiating alimony is a complex legal process that, if not handled correctly, could affect you financially for years to come. You could either lose the income that you need to move on after your divorce, or you'll be paying far more than is fair for your case. You need a Somerset County spousal support lawyer to be your advocate, whether you are seeking a fair amount of spousal support or need to modify an existing alimony order.
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Modifying & Enforcing Spousal Support in NJ
Whether you are a spouse paying spousal support who needs a modification, or if your spouse is refusing the pay court ordered alimony, you need to retain experienced legal representation to help you navigate the matter
Applying for a Modification
Life changes and, sometimes, it changes in ways that affect court-ordered spousal support. If you are required to make NJ alimony payments, but have:
- lost your job
- suffered a significant pay cut
You should speak with a lawyer immediately about modifying spousal support through the court.
Spouse Refusing to Pay Alimony
Your ex-spouse may be missing or flat-out refusing to pay the spousal support that was in your divorce agreement. You have options on how to proceed. A spousal support attorney can assist you with filing a motion to enforce litigant's rights to obtain court ordered alimony.
Types of Alimony in NJ
The purpose of spousal support is to ensure that the non-wage-earning or lower-wage-earning spouse can maintain the standard of living he or she had during the marriage. If a court orders alimony, it is generally – but not always – the spouse with the higher income who will be required to pay.
Just as no two marriages are the same, no two divorces are the same. There are a variety of types of alimony in NJ that could be ordered. Each type is classified by its duration.
The types of alimony in New Jersey include:
- Durational alimony: Spousal support that can be terminated or modified upon any qualifying change of circumstances
- Limited duration alimony: Spousal support that ends after a specified period
- Rehabilitative alimony: Short-term spousal support that helps one spouse become financially self-sufficient
- Reimbursement alimony: Repayment to the spouse who helped to pay for the other spouse’s education during the marriage
- Pendente lite alimony: Temporary spousal support that is issued only during the divorce process
It should be noted that open durational alimony or spousal support in New Jersey is typically awarded in long-term marriages, marriages that lasted 20 years or more. The thought behind this is that dependent spouses would have a much more difficult time maintaining the same standard of living on their own due to the length of the marriage.
How Alimony Is Calculated in New Jersey
New Jersey courts are responsible for issuing spousal support orders that are reasonable and just. There are no specific guidelines that judges must follow to calculate alimony in NJ. Instead, they are required to determine a proper payment after considering several factors.
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