It's an earth-shattering and monumental change when it comes to divorce
law, but here it is: New Jersey now sees a change in alimony law that
could drastically change case dynamics, especially if parties and lawyers
alike aren't careful and aware about what the new codes and statutes
entail. Here's what's important to know about New Jersey's
new alimony law reform –
The issue as already addressed last year with the case of Gnall vs. Gnall,
432 N.J. Super. 129 (App. Div. 2013) regarding a 15-year marriage qualifying for a
permanent alimony award revolves around the fact that the word "permanent"
will no longer be referenced in the statute. That means a marriage of
as long as 15 years won't qualify for a "permanent" award
of alimony. Nothing for that matter will be "permanent," but
will be considered "durational" dependent on the case and situation.
This largely involves the issue of retirement as well.
- Standard of Living
- Pendente Lite Support
- Weight of Alimony Factors
- Duration of Alimony
- Reimbursement Alimony
- "Open Durational" Alimony
- Modification of Alimony
It's important to know this, because previously alimony would be something
provided continuously and
permanently throughout the spouse's life given the particular circumstances. That's
not the case anymore. With regard to all these factors now, the
duration of alimony – as well as the amount per alimony payment – will
be determined, and it most definitely won't be considered a "lifetime
supply of funds" the other spouse must pay.
Consider consulting with your attorney about this new development, and
look at the possibilities of just how much alimony you'll have to
pay or receive with this new law in place. Be prepared.