Alimony word in white 3d letters on a ball or sphere of money to illustrate financial spousal support of ex husband or wife

One of the most frequent questions asked in initial divorce consultations
is whether alimony be required in a case, and if so, how long it will
be payable and how much will the payments be. Unlike child support, there
is no alimony calculator to determine how much it will be, and for how
long. Instead,
looks to a variety of factors when courts are asked to award alimony.
These factors include:

1) need and ability of the parties to pay;

2) duration of the marriage;

3) age, physical and emotional health of the parties;

4) standard of living established during the marriage;

5) earning capacity and employability of the parties;

6) length of the absence from the job market of the party seeking support;

7) parental responsibilities for the parties’ children;

8) time and expense necessary to obtain extra training and employment;

9) history of contribution to the financial status of the marriage, including
contributions in the form of caring for the parties’ children;

10) the equitable distribution of assets ordered by the court;

11) income from investments;

12) tax implications to both parties;

13) length and amount of temporary support; and

14) anything else the court decides is relevant.

From this list, it is plain that the calculation of an award of alimony
is complex, with many moving parts. The first inquiry, as indicated by
the factors listed, is whether the requesting party really needs support
at all. If the parties have approximately equal earning capacity, that
will greatly diminish the chance for an award. It’s also important
to inquire whether the paying party has the funds to actually make the
payments requested, meaning whether the paying party has the ability to
make alimony payments. Moreover, the shorter the marriage, the less likely
there is to be an alimony award. If one spouse has spent a portion of
the marriage staying home and caring for the parties’ children,
this is also something that the courts will take into account. Absence
from the work force can make obtaining a job difficult, and the law seeks
to acknowledge the contribution to the household made by the parent who
stayed home. In 2014, a new law was passed placing additional restrictions
on awards of alimony in New Jersey. These new restrictions determined
that the length of an award cannot be longer than the marriage itself
when the marriage has been less than 20 years. Also, it is possible to
have alimony terminated at the time of retirement. This is meant to encourage
both parties to plan ahead, and eliminate what was previously called “permanent”
alimony. Restrictions have also been tightened on cohabitation, and when
that can be used as a means to terminate alimony.

Alimony is an in-depth inquiry that requires reviewing many different elements
and analyzing the specific circumstances of your case. We have
in analyzing and arguing these cases, both for husbands and wives.

About the Author


John Nachlinger is a co-founder and managing attorney of Netsquire, a family law firm focused on streamlining divorces through effective mediation, settlement drafting, and court filing assistance. As a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney and Qualified Mediator, John guides couples toward equitable agreements without the cost and stress of litigation.

Recognized as a New Jersey Super Lawyer for over a decade, John’s client-focused approach aims to foster understanding during challenging transitions. With a background spanning top law journals, judicial clerkships, and boutique family law firms, John now applies his analytical skills to create workable solutions for all parties. His mediation services reshape the divorce journey by prioritizing compassion and compromise.

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