Spousal Support FAQs

The Middlesex County divorce law firm of Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C. has extensive experience advising clients throughout New Jersey on all legal aspects of spousal support in our state. The following are brief answers to some of the many questions about spousal support often heard by the attorneys in our Middlesex County divorce practice. For more detailed answers to these and other questions about divorce and family law, contact a Middlesex County spousal support lawyer at the firm.

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Is there a formula to calculate whether I am entitled to receive alimony or whether I will be required to pay alimony?

Alimony determinations in the State of New Jersey are not based upon any formula. A court will consider several factors to determine whether alimony is appropriate in a given case. The most significant factors that a court will consider are typically the standard of living that was established during the marriage, the incomes and earning capabilities of the parties, and the duration of the marriage. If alimony is appropriate in a particular case, the court will determine what amount of alimony will enable both parties to maintain a lifestyle comparable to the lifestyle that the parties enjoyed during the marriage.

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How does alimony differ from child support?

Alimony exists to support the former spouse. Alimony is taxable. Child support exists to support the children. Child support is not taxable.

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Is there more than one type of alimony?

Depending on the case, a court may award either party one or more of the following types of alimony: open durational alimony; rehabilitative alimony; limited duration alimony, or reimbursement alimony. Call an attorney at Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C., to discuss whether any of these types of alimony may be appropriate in your case.

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