In the midst of the media storm surrounding efforts to reform alimony in
New Jersey, it is difficult to wade through the information and know what
is accurate and what is typical reporting. It is comforting to know there
is some good news in the middle of what most perceive to be unpleasant
reports. The result from New Jersey's recent alimony reform is a law
that seems harsh, and only a slight improvement over what was already in place.
While the law may be studied by other states seeking to change the way
alimony is fixed in their states, one thing that remains the same is prior
orders remain intact. This makes the law attractive to those that are
seeking to change the status quo, as do the following factors:
● The duration of payments is made clear in marriages with a less than
20 year duration.
● Judges now have a clear picture of how to decide important issues such
as living together without being married, retirement, and employment status
of the parties.
While orders that are already in place will not be disturbed by the new
law, if you are seeking a modification of that order the new law will
be applied. This means if you believe your case is ripe for having the
spousal support order modified, for things like changes in employment
or marital status, your case will be decided under the new law. Making
the decision to modify your spousal support order should now be taken
under serious consideration, so the result reached is satisfactory. The
last thing anyone wants to have happen is a modification that is less
desirable than the current order. To make this decision, it is critical
you seek the advice and input of a qualified family law attorney.
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