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Divorce Lawyers Explain New York and New Jersey Alimony Laws

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For legal advice regarding alimony before, during and after your New York or New Jersey divorce, you should contact our experienced divorce attorneys. Awards of alimony, also called spousal support or maintenance, will depend on the specific facts of the case.

KGG divorce lawyer Paul Goldhamer can help guide you to a sound decision in regard to spousal support or maintenance. We give you the facts you need to be aware of to understand your responsibilities. We aggressively safeguard your interests when alimony becomes a hard-fought issue in contested or high net worth divorce.

What is Alimony or Spousal Support?

In New York & New Jersey, there are different kinds of alimony:

  • Permanent Alimony: This type of support is intended to help a spouse in need pay for basic living expenses. Once this type of alimony is awarded, it will remain in effect indefinitely, unless a change in circumstances leads to a post-divorce modification. Permanent alimony is becoming less common throughout New York, New Jersey and the entire country, but it is still available for long-term marriages or when the circumstances warrant life-long support.
  • Limited Duration Alimony: Also known as temporary alimony, this can be ordered before the divorce is final, and will have set expiration date in the divorce decree. The period of time alimony is generally proportional to the length of the marriage in question, the relative incomes of the parties, whether one spouse is the primary caretaker of children, along with other factors.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony: This type of payment is intended to afford a spouse the support they need to refresh or develop job skills or to obtain an education to secure a job that will negate the need for alimony to continue. The goal of rehabilitative alimony is for the recipient spouse to have time to become self-sufficient.
  • Restitution or Reimbursement Alimony: This may be ordered in order for one spouse to repay the other for support given during the marriage while pursuing an education or enhancing vocational skills. While these types of alimony are not available in New York, reimbursement alimony is available in New Jersey but rarely sought after.

Each and every family law case is as different as each of our clients. The information on this page does not constitute legal advice. If you are going through a divorce in NY or NJ, or need to have your prior divorce order modified, you should seek the guidance of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney.

How Long Does Alimony or Spousal Support Last?

A substantial change in lifestyle could mean that you are either paying too much alimony, or receiving too little spousal support. Divorce orders are not perfect documents; life changes can necessitate the need for modification to remain fair to both parties. If your circumstances, or the circumstances of your former spouse, have changed significantly, it is in your best interest to let Paul and the KGG team evaluate your case. 

Do You Need a Lawyer to Establish or Enforce Alimony?

For the skilled legal guidance you need at this challenging time, call us toll free at (800) 711-5258 or fill out our online contact forms. We understand that scheduling can be problematic and will provide an evening appointment if you need it. Our offices are conveniently located in Rockland County and Bergen County.