When a couple is headed towards divorce in New Jersey, there are a lot of questions that need to be answered. Everything from the division of assets, matters related to the couples’ children, and the possibility of support must be resolved before the divorce can be finalized. One of the most frequently asked questions at the beginning of a divorce is in regards to spousal support, also known as alimony.
Though New Jersey does offer four different types of spousal support, it is important to be aware that an alimony award is not going to be necessary in every divorce. Everyone’s situation is different and therefore, the court must carefully consider the circumstances surrounding each individual couple as they end their marriage. That being said, there are a few situations that may lend themselves for an alimony award, some of which include the following:
- Marriages where one spouse worked and the other spouse supported the family in other ways, such as taking care of the children
- Marriages where one spouse put his or her career/education on hold in support of the other spouse
- Marriages where one spouse financially supported the other as they pursued education
Of course, these are just a few examples of common situations that may allow for alimony. Sometimes, alimony is issued without a set end date but this is typically only the case when the couple was married for more than 20 years. Most of the time, however, the court will determine when spousal support should be terminated at the time that it is ordered.
If you have questions about your eligibility for spousal support in New Jersey, it is important to speak with an experienced divorce attorney that can assess your situation and guide you accordingly. Contact Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn today.
If you require strong legal representation for matters related to divorce or family law, Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn is here to help. We proudly represent clients in Morris County and throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.