What is Alimony?
A spouse may be entitled to spousal support, or alimony, during and after a divorce. The underlying purpose of alimony is to help the other spouse achieve financial stability by giving them financial support. This support can allow the receiving spouse maintain a lifestyle similar to that during the marriage, as well as help them while they find gainful employment and adapt to the new single lifestyle. Alimony can be permanent or it may be temporary.
What Are The Different Types of Alimony?
In New Jersey, the courts recognize five different types of alimony. Those categories of alimony include:
- Temporary alimony. Temporary alimony is also known as alimony pendente lite. It is awarded to a spouse during the divorce to help the spouse cover living expenses.
- Limited Duration Alimony. A judge may award a spouse limited duration alimony for a specified period of time or until the spouse becomes self-supporting.
- Permanent alimony. Depending on many different factors and the circumstances of the divorce, a spouse may be entitled to permanent alimony. One instance in which a spouse may receive permanent alimony is if the spouse left their career to raise children and care for the household, and has been out of work for a number of years.
- Rehabilitative alimony. This type of alimony can be awarded to a spouse who needs time to get back on his or her feet and become self-supporting. A judge may order rehabilitative alimony for a certain period of time, such as requiring that a specified period of employment occur before the alimony ceases.
- Reimbursement alimony. If a spouse supports the other spouse through higher education, the spouse may be entitled to reimbursement alimony. This alimony is considered to compensate the spouse for supporting the other spouse who, due to the divorce, was unable to enjoy any marital benefits of the advanced education.
If you are considering divorce, you should consult with a divorce attorney. An experienced divorce attorney can help you understand what your rights are during and after the divorce, as well as advising what you may be entitled to.
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