Learn The Changes Made to New Jersey’s Alimony Law

Posted September 15th, 2014 by .

Categories: Family Law.

alimony-laws-changed-in-new-jerseyFor years now, many advocates have said New Jersey’s alimony laws were antiquated and needed an update. Finally, the state listened and Governor Christie recently signed a bill that will revise the law. But how will this affect you and your future divorce? Or, if you are already divorced and paying alimony, how does this change your divorce agreement?

Some of the major changes in the law include:

  • If you have been married for less than 20 years, alimony payments cannot exceed the length of the marriage unless the judge decides differently. So if you were only married for six years, your alimony payments will only last for six years.
  • Alimony payments can stop if your ex-spouse is living with a new partner. They don’t have to be married in order for payments to end. But be aware, this is for the judge to decide.
  • If the person paying alimony has been out of work for longer than 90 days, then the judge can lower payments until the payer is back on his/her feet.
  • Permanent alimony, which means you receive alimony for the rest of your life, is no longer available. Instead, payments can either end or be modified when the payer reaches the retirement age.

If you are currently divorced and are paying alimony, be aware that these changes do not affect your divorce. This law is only in affect for future divorces. However, the “permanent alimony” stipulation can benefit you. If you fall in this category, then good news! You will be able to end payments when turning 67.

Are you thinking of getting divorced? Let us help you! For more than 25 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been helping individuals through the toughest times in their lives. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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