As a Family Law Attorney, primarily in Bergen County, New Jersey for over 34 years, I have dealt with an enormous number of cases involving Alimony. The public policy behind the enactment of our statutes, had one of its primary purposes preventing the spouse needing support from becoming a public charge (e.g. welfare). Over the years both through statute and law case, alimony has developed into five (5) distinct types, with the amount and duration based upon an examination of the dozen or so factors.
Open Durational Alimony
Open durational involves marriages exceeding twenty (20) years in length, which is from the date of marriage to the date of filing of the divorce complaint.
Limited Duration Alimony
Limited duration alimony is appropriate when the marriage is less than twenty (20) years in length. When the marriage is less than 20 years, the duration of alimony could be less than whatever the length of the marriage is. For example, if the length of the marriage is 10 years, the duration might be five (5) to eight (8) years, depending on the circumstances.
Rehabilitative alimony is sometimes awarded to a spouse to help him or her regain the skills and training to become, hopefully, self-sufficient. This may consist of the supporting spouse paying an amount to the other spouse for certain training or courses to help him or her return to their career. Rehabilitative alimony may be in addition to the regular alimony that is paid.
Reimbursement alimony involves the grant of a monetary award to the spouse who has supported the other spouse in pursuing his or her career. For example, if one spouse helped pay for the graduate school education of the other spouse, anticipating that he or she may enjoy the fruits of that enhanced education later on during the marriage, he or she may be entitled to reimbursement for payment of those expenses.
Pendente Lite Alimony
Pendente Lite alimony may be awarded while an action is pending before the Court. For example, if the divorce has been filed, and the money earning spouse during the marriage refuses to contribute to the ongoing support of the spouse and children, he or she may seek an order in the beginning of the case to compel that support be paid to maintain that status quo. This support is temporary until the time any final award is made. Alimony termination occurs when either party dies, the supported spouse remarries, or depending on the circumstances, cohabits with an unrelated person as defined in our New Jersey Law.
The Law Offices of Philip C. Puglisi, LLC has extensive experience in handling all Alimony cases. I suggest you immediately phone my office for a FREE CONSULTATION to go over all that is entailed regarding alimony in New Jersey.