The Middlesex County law firm of Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C., has extensive experience advising clients throughout the State of New Jersey on all aspects of spousal support. The following is a brief explanation of the types of spousal support available and the factors that New Jersey courts use to determine whether to award spousal support. For more information, contact a Middlesex County spousal support lawyer at our firm.Factors in Determining Alimony
In setting the amount and duration of spousal support, the courts generally consider a number of factors set by law, including:
- The genuine need for support and the ability of the other spouse to pay
- Length of the marriage
- Age and physical and emotional health of both parties
- The standard of living established in the marriage and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable lifestyle after the divorce, with neither party having a greater entitlement to that standard of living than the other.
- Earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills and employability of the spouses
- How long the spouse seeking alimony has been absent from the job market
- Parental responsibilities for the children
- Time and expense necessary for the spouse seeking alimony to acquire the education, training or job experience needed to obtain a suitable job
- Chances for acquiring assets and income in the future
- History of financial or nonfinancial contributions to the marriage by each spouse including:
- Contributions to the care and education of the children
- Interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities
- Equitable distribution of property
- Investment income
- Tax consequences
- The nature, amount, and length of pendente lite support paid while the divorce is pending, if any.
- Any other factors which the court may deem relevant.
A court may award either party with one or more of the following types of alimony:
- Open durational alimony
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Limited-duration alimony
- Reimbursement alimony
In 2014, significant revisions were made to the New Jersey statute that addresses alimony that may affect your circumstances. For example, the revised statute now provides for open durational alimony and eliminates permanent alimony. The revised statute also addresses specific circumstances in which changes in financial circumstances may result in a reduction or even a termination of alimony. Some of these changes in circumstances that may affect alimony involve cases involving cohabitation, an involuntary loss of employment for at least 90 days, retirement at an age eligible to receive full social security benefits, and other circumstances.
Tax reform that was signed into law at the end of 2017 changed how alimony is treated for tax purposes. Alimony awards that are entered up until December 31, 2018 are taxable. Alimony awards that are entered or modified after December 31, 2018 are not taxable.
The specific type or types of alimony that may be appropriate and the duration of time that alimony may be paid depend upon the individual facts of your case. Our divorce lawyers will explain these issues to you and they will answer your alimony questions. Please call our spousal support and alimony attorneys at Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C., conveniently located in Middlesex County to schedule a free initial consultation.Contact a Middlesex County Spousal Support Attorney for More Information
Brause, Brause & Ventrice, L.L.C. takes pride in its New Jersey roots, serving Middlesex County clients in East Brunswick, Edison, Metuchen, Piscataway and Woodbridge. For a free consultation about your alimony matter with a spousal support lawyer in Middlesex County, call our law firm at 732-767-0044 or contact us online today.