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Ask a Lawyer: How is Alimony Determined in New Jersey?

Newark-spousal-support-lawyerUnlike child support, alimony in a New Jersey divorce is decided based on many different criteria, including the following:

Criteria to Determine Alimony In New Jersey

  • Length of the marriage
  • How much income both partners contributed throughout the marriage
  • Each spouse's ability to work and support himself or herself
  • Special circumstances

Although alimony, if it is awarded, is typically paid on a monthly basis, this is not always the case. Alimony may be paid out as a lump sum or in specified payments over a period of months or years. It is technically considered part of a "property division" agreement, and should be considered with due consideration to tax consequences.

Did you work to put your husband or your wife through medical school or law school? Now you may believe that a fair distribution of assets and income in a New Jersey divorce should include a sizable amount of alimony.

Conversely, does your wife or husband refuse to look for a job, choosing instead to serve as a homemaker? This may have been a bone of contention in your marriage — and you may believe that by not working, your spouse's ability to support herself or himself has not been fairly documented.

Contact a Newark Spousal Support Lawyer

You will certainly benefit from advice from a knowledgeable family law attorney from a well-respected law office. Scura, Wigfield, Heyer & Stevens, LLP, represents either spouse in an alimony dispute: the one who should pay or the one who should receive alimony. If you want to ask a lawyer about anything pertaining to alimony, New Jersey alimony lawyers welcome your inquiry at Scura, Wigfield, Heyer & Stevens, LLP. Contact us by phone or e-mail.

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