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Passionate East Brunswick Divorce Lawyers

At Rozin | Golinder Law, we are dedicated to providing knowledgeable, compassionate legal services for our clients. If you are facing divorce, our New Brunswick divorce attorneys can analyze your situation and stand by your side every step of the way. We know each client’s situation is different, and we can strive to find effective, unique solutions for your case. Permanent alimony laws in New Jersey have changed in recent years. Our firm has helped hundreds of clients pursue beneficial divorce settlements, and we can answer your questions and discuss your options for obtaining an alimony award that meets your needs.

Call our firm today at (732) 810-0034 for aggressive representation in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s Alimony Reform Act of 2014

On September 10, 2014, New Jersey Governor Christie signed the NJ Alimony Reform Act of 2014, also known as Bill A-845. Essentially, the bill ended permanent alimony awards in the state. Permanent alimony is the payment of one spouse to another for a lifetime. It was designed to benefit stay-at-home mothers and those who had been financially dependent during marriage. Now, however, the Alimony Reform Act of 2014 has replaced permanent alimony with open durational alimony, which has a set time frame.

Open durational alimony ends when:

  • The paying spouse reaches retirement age
  • The receiving spouse is remarried or lives with another person (cohabitation)
  • The alimony term reaches the length of the marriage

Open durational alimony is only granted to spouses who have been married at least 20 years. It must not extend further than the duration of the marriage. Thus, if you and your spouse have been married for 22 years, the alimony payments may not continue past 22 years from the date of divorce. If your marriage was less than 20 years long, you will not be able to obtain open durational alimony except under certain conditions. Instead, the judge may award limited duration, rehabilitative, or reimbursement alimony settlements, which are also temporary.

Understanding Your Options for Pursuing Open Durational Alimony

Open durational alimony awards are granted in certain situations. If you are a stay-at-home mom or are unable to work because of lack of skills, disability, or limited work experience, you may also be able to pursue open durational alimony. Furthermore, if you were financially dependent during the marriage, you may be able to achieve open durational alimony. Our tenacious divorce lawyers can analyze your situation and discuss your options throughout the process.

Courts consider several factors when determining alimony arrangements, including:

  • The age of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • The financial dependency of one spouse during the marriage
  • The health conditions or chronic illnesses of the receiving spouse
  • The tax considerations of both parties
  • Any other relevant factors regarding each spouse’s financial situation

If you are awarded open durational alimony, you and your spouse can apply to adjust the amount later on. Courts will typically amend an alimony settlement only if there is a change in circumstances. This includes situations like the loss of income, retirement, or remarriage of either party.

Experienced Divorce Attorneys Serving New Jersey

For a variety of divorce legal issues, Rozin | Golinder Law can provide efficient legal services. Our team has a thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local laws regarding alimony. We can provide thorough, diligent representation as you seek a favorable solution.

If you want to understand your options regarding open durational alimony, our firm can help. Contact our East Brunswick divorce lawyers today for a free consultation.

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