When a couple goes through a divorce in New Jersey, they may be faced with the contested matter of spousal support. This is also commonly referred to as alimony. Often, the financially independent spouse feels as though they should not have to continue supporting the dependent spouse after the divorce. As a result, the couple may need to have a judge rule on their behalf.
If the court has to rule on matters related to spousal support, they will take a wide variety of factors into consideration. There are four different types of spousal support in New Jersey because of a change in the law that took place in 2014 and effectively removed the option for permanent alimony. Permanent alimony was replaced with the option for open durational alimony.
Some of the factors that the court may take into consideration when determining spousal support include the following:
- The length of the marriage
- The age and health of each spouse
- The length of absence of the dependent party from the job market
- The contribution of each party to the marriage
- The earning capacity of each party
If spousal support is a contested issue in your pending divorce, contact our firm today.
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