Will There Be Alimony After Your Divorce?
Alimony is an emotionally charged issue that often accompanies a divorce. Sometimes referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, alimony is a payment made to one spouse by the other in order to maintain his or her lifestyle and cope with bills. We at Wernik & Salvatore have years of experience handling alimony and spousal support issues for clients in Hazlet and throughout New Jersey.
Standing Up For Clients’ Rights In Alimony And Divorce Issues
Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable of all of the laws that apply to these cases and can take the time to explain them. Though alimony is not awarded in every divorce or civil union dissolution, we can determine if seeking alimony or arguing against the awarding of payments is in your best interests. We can also identify which type of specific alimony would be in your best interest given your unique circumstances.
Factors In Determining Alimony
The amount of alimony that may be ordered is based on a wide variety of factors, including:
- Length of the marriage
- Income of the parties
- Income earning potential of the parties
- Lifestyle maintained throughout the marriage
- Age of the parties
- Monetary contribution to the marriage by each of the parties
- Ability of the person paying alimony to pay the alimony
- The needs of the person receiving the alimony
- Violation of any prenuptial or premarital agreements
Modifications To Alimony Arrangements
Certain events such as remarriage and death terminate alimony. Other changed circumstances such as a reduction or increase in income or cohabitation by the spouse receiving alimony may allow for post-judgment modification to reduce, eliminate or increase spousal support. However, this requires an application to the court. One spouse cannot simply stop paying alimony. We also handle enforcement matters when there are allegations that one spouse is refusing to make payments.