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Understanding the Types of Alimony Available in a New Jersey Divorce

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Navigating through the complex maze of divorce proceedings is never an easy task. It is fraught with emotional stress, legal complexities, and financial considerations. One such crucial financial component is alimony. Whether you are seeking to receive alimony in your divorce settlement or if you are the one being asked to pay, it’s important to have a firm grasp on what alimony is in order to understand how it might be awarded in your case. Here we look at the different types of alimony available in a New Jersey divorce. For help with a divorce in Union, Essex, or Middlesex County, contact the Law Offices of John B. D’Alessandro in Union to discuss your needs and concerns with a skilled and experienced New Jersey divorce lawyer.

Defining Alimony

Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is a legally obligated payment that one spouse makes to the other during or after divorce. It aims to maintain the economic status quo that was present during the marriage. New Jersey law recognizes several types of alimony, each designed for specific circumstances.

  1. Open Duration Alimony:

This type of alimony was formerly known as “permanent alimony” and is awarded when a couple has been married for a long time, usually more than 20 years. The amount and duration are decided based on factors like the age and health of the parties, the standard of living during the marriage, earning capacities, and the length of absence from the job market.

  1. Limited Duration Alimony:

For marriages of fewer than 20 years, limited duration alimony may be awarded. The goal is to provide financial support for a set amount of time to allow the receiving spouse to become self-supporting. The duration is often determined by the length of the marriage.

  1. Rehabilitative Alimony:

Rehabilitative alimony is a short-term alimony granted with the purpose of supporting a spouse while they obtain education or training to become self-sufficient. A specific plan outlining the timeframe and steps to be taken toward rehabilitation must be presented to the court.

  1. Reimbursement Alimony:

If one spouse supported the other through advanced education, expecting to enjoy the benefits of the other’s higher earning capacity, they might be entitled to reimbursement alimony. This is especially relevant if a divorce occurs soon after the completion of the education.

  1. Temporary Alimony:

This type of alimony is awarded when the divorce is pending. It helps maintain the financial status quo of the dependent spouse during the divorce process.

Call for Help With Alimony in Your New Jersey Divorce

Understanding the types of alimony is a crucial part of preparing for divorce proceedings. It can help you set realistic expectations and plan your financial future accordingly. At the Law Offices of John B. D’Alessandro, we are committed to providing you with personalized and comprehensive legal guidance to navigate your divorce.

Remember, every situation is unique, and what worked for someone else might not necessarily be the best course for you. Reach out to us for an in-depth analysis and understanding of your case. With our expertise in New Jersey family law, we can help you strategize the best path forward, ensuring your rights and interests are protected.

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