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New Jersey Divorce Alimony


The New Jersey divorce alimony can be influenced by the equitable distribution of properties received by either of the spouses during the divorce. Even though alimony is entirely different from the equitable income distribution, the amount and duration of the alimony is often determined based on the property distribution among the couple. Alimony is neither a form of punishment for the payer spouse nor a reward for the receiving spouse. It is just a means to narrow the economic disparities between the spouses after the divorce.

The alimony is mainly awarded to the spouse who is unable to maintain the standard of living that he or she used to enjoy during their marital life while the other spouse is economically sound enough to maintain his or her quality of living as well as that of the recipient spouse.

According to Jew Jersey divorce alimony laws there is a term which is known as double dipping. As mentioned above that the equitable property and income distribution may be a factor for determining the sum and the duration of the payment of the alimony court makes it sure that the payer spouse is not entitled to make any sort of double payment to the recipient souse as mentioned in N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. For example, the retirement benefits that fall under the category of the equitable distribution of incomes will not be added to the total amount of income generated by the spouse that is considered for determining the amount of alimony to be paid.

There are several guidelines based on which the court decides the duration and the sum of alimony to be awarded to the recipient spouse. You may take the help of a certified divorce lawyer who will help you to comprehend the factors for determining alimony mentioned in the N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23.

There are various forms of alimony that can be granted by the court of New Jersey.

Pendente lite alimony is a form of temporary alimony that is to be paid by the financially strong spouse to the other during the divorce procedure. This alimony is awarded in order to support the other spouse to maintain a decent lifestyle and to help him or her to pay the mortgages and feed the children until the final verdict for divorce has been announced.

The permanent alimony is ordered by the court where dissolution of a long term marriage is involved and in case there is a gulf of economic difference in between the two spouses.

The rehabilitative alimony is awarded to the spouse who is in need of the money to complete his or her educational course so that he or she can be self-sufficient in the near future.

The reimbursement alimony is granted to the spouse if in case he or she is found to have made a significant contribution and sacrificed for the welfare of the family during the married life.

The marital misconduct or acts of adultery can affect the judgment for announcement of alimony. But the alimony can be entirely nullified under very strict conditions and special cases of extreme circumstances of marital misconduct.


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