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Somerset County Alimony


When filing for divorce,
it can be a financial and emotional process to go through. There are various
marital issues that may need to be considered and resolved when dealing with
divorce, among them being alimony, also commonly known as spousal support. If you are filing for divorce in
Somerset County or anywhere else in New Jersey and are seeking support from
your spouse, it is advisable that you consult with an experienced alimony

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Why Contact a Somerset County
Alimony Lawyer?


Our alimony attorneys
can provide you with the legal advice need for any questions regarding:


Your obligations or rights to
Different types of alimony
Various factors that determine
the amount of alimony
Modifications to existing
alimony awards


With the benefits of
hiring private legal counsel, our attorneys can provide any legal assistance
you may need in resolving any alimony issues.


Types of Alimony


Alimony, or spousal
support, is defined as the financial “obligation of one spouse to support the
other” either temporarily or permanently. Determining alimony varies by case
and can be decided either between the spouses or by the court (see Divorce


In the State of New
Jersey, the court may grant one or more of the four types of alimony:


Permanent Alimony

Rehabilitative Alimony

Limited Duration Alimony

Reimbursement Alimony

Permanent alimony is usually
awarded to a spouse for life or up until that spouse gets remarried. Such
awards are usually ordered to spouses from long-term marriages, as opposed to
short-term marriages (


Limited Duration alimony
is generally awarded to spouses from short-term marriages and where it seems
that the dependent spouse will have less difficult time securing employment and
becoming self-supporting. This type of award tends to have a termination date (New
Jersey Statutes 2A:34-23(c)).


Rehabilitative alimony
is the type of award to which the dependent spouse must meet certain
requirements by submitting to the court steps he/she will take to gain the
education/training need to rehabilitate his/her career. A specific amount is
determined to support such steps and will be terminated once the depended
spouse is fully rehabilitated (New
Jersey Statutes 2A:34-23(d)).


Reimbursement alimony is
awarded to a spouse who made financial contributions during the marriage, but
cannot fully enjoy the rewards of those contributions due to separation/divorce
i.e. supporting another spouse through advanced education (New
Jersey Statutes 2A:34-23(e)).


New Jersey Alimony


Under New
Jersey Statutes 2A:34-23, the court considers the following factors when
determining alimony:


Actual need and ability of the spouse
to pay;

Duration or length of the marriage;

Age and health of each spouse;

Standard of living established while

Earning capacities, education, job
skills, and employability;

Requesting spouse’s length of absence
from the job market;

Parental duties of each spouse;

Time and cost needed for adequate
education/training for dependent spouse;

History of financial/non-financial
contributions to the marriage;

Equitable distribution of property;

Any income through investment of any

Tax consequences to both spouses;

Other factors the court may deem

Alimony Modification Laws in New Jersey


In New Jersey, the court
can and will modify or terminate an existing alimony award if there is enough
proof that there is a change in circumstances i.e. reduced/increased income, remarriage
or support is no longer needed (see New
Jersey Statutes 2A:34-23(c)).


Contact a Somerset County
Alimony Lawyer


If you are going through a
divorce in Somerset County and are considering alimony, our attorneys are here
and ready to assist you in any way they can. Contact our firm now to learn more
about your alimony rights