Understanding Alimony In New Jersey

Some people believe alimony no longer exists in the state of New Jersey. In fact, alimony can be included as part of your divorce should circumstances warrant it. Whether you think you need it or whether you wish to avoid paying it, alimony can play a crucial role in determining your life after divorce.

At the Law Office of S. Robert Freidel Jr., we can help you anticipate whether alimony can or should play a role in your divorce. We understand that in any family law matter, there is no "one-size-fits-all" solution. With more than 25 years of experience, attorney Bob Freidel and his team can help you protecting your financial interests so you can move forward with confidence.

How Is Alimony Awarded?

In New Jersey, any alimony awarded in a divorce will be determined by a judge if it is not negotiated. When deciding whether alimony should be awarded and the amount, a judge may consider how long the individuals have been married, the individual income potential of each spouse, the economic value of each person's contributions to the marriage and other factors.

Alimony can be awarded in a number of different ways:

  • Permanent alimony means one spouse will be responsible for paying alimony until either individual dies or the recipient remarries.
  • Alimony of limited duration means that alimony is only paid for a predetermined amount of time.
  • Rehabilitative alimony is designed to help the recipient become more self-sufficient, as he or she may have given up a career to take care of the children.
  • Reimbursement alimony pays a spouse back for certain expenses he or she had to make in order to support the other during the marriage.

Our Gloucester County family law firm seeks to identify information that can be used to reduce or increase an alimony award, depending on your stated objectives. We will also discuss how alimony is likely to affect your future financial stability, because alimony — unlike child support — is considered taxable income. Our goal is always to help you make informed decisions that secure your financial future.

Contact Our Firm To Protect Your Finances

If you are concerned about the impact of divorce on your finances and how you can protect yourself, call 856-228-8626 or email our office to schedule a consultation. Lawyer Bob Freidel represents clients throughout South Jersey.