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Divorce & Alimony Services in New Jersey

Whether you're on the paying or receiving end, we're here to help guide you along the way to ensure you're protected well into the future.

Divorce can be emotionally challenging and legally intricate. In the state of New Jersey, understanding the nuances of alimony is crucial for those navigating the dissolution of a marriage. At Simon Law Group, LLC we understand the complexities surrounding divorce and alimony in New Jersey, providing valuable insights into the process, types of alimony, factors influencing determinations, and how legal representation can make a difference. Whether you're contemplating divorce, in the midst of negotiations, or seeking post-divorce modifications, knowing more about these are key aspects of divorce and alimony within the New Jersey legal landscape are beneficial to your situation.

Understanding Alimony in New Jersey

Alimony refers to the monetary support paid by one party to another following a Divorce or dissolution of a Civil Union. The concern for both parties is generally the same - whether you'll have enough money after paying or receiving Alimony from your former spouse to live comfortably, safeguard your assets, preserve a strong economic outlook, and ensure a happy, healthy retirement.

Our primary consideration for any Family Law client is that you're able to carry on in life with the greatest confidence possible going forward into the future. In other words, we want to ensure that if you've achieved financial stability going into your marriage, that you maintain financial stability in the event you have to dissolve that marriage.

Types of Alimony

  • Temporary Alimony: Granted during the divorce process to address immediate financial needs.
  • Open Durational Alimony: Provides financial support indefinitely
  • Limited Duration Alimony: Provides financial support for a specific period, typically in situations where a spouse needs assistance but only for a finite time.
  • Reimbursement Alimony: Compensates one spouse for financial contributions made during the marriage, such as funding the other's education.

Under recent New Jersey alimony law updates, in general, alimony cannot be for longer than the length of the marriage, except if the marriage lasted for 20 years or longer. Only then would the receiving spouse receive "open durational alimony." 

Alimony in New Jersey is a complicated process which is continuously evolving both in our Legislative branches and within the courts. Due to its complexity and extremely long-lasting financial implications, it is best handled by experienced divorce attorneys like our lawyers here at Simon Law Group, LLC.

New Jersey Alimony Determinations

Alimony decisions in New Jersey are guided by various factors that aim to ensure fairness and equity. Navigating alimony determinations requires a nuanced understanding of these factors, and consulting with a seasoned family law attorney can help ensure fair and informed decisions.

New Jersey Court Considerations for Alimony

  • Duration of the Marriage: Longer marriages may result in different alimony considerations than shorter ones.
  • Standard of Living: The court assesses the lifestyle established during the marriage and aims to maintain it post-divorce.
  • Financial and Non-Financial Contributions: Contributions to the marriage, both monetary and non-monetary, are evaluated.
  • Earning Capacities: The income and earning potential of each spouse are crucial factors.
  • Health and Age: The health and age of each spouse are considered in determining their ability to support themselves.

Duration and Modification of Alimony

Alimony can be temporary, rehabilitative, limited duration, or reimbursement-based, each serving a specific purpose. The court may consider modifying alimony if there is a substantial change in circumstances, such as job loss or health issues. Understanding the specific type of alimony awarded and its intended duration is essential for both parties.

Tax Implications of Alimony Payments and Receipts

Before finalizing alimony arrangements, it's crucial to consider the tax implications. Until the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, alimony payments were tax-deductible for the payer and taxable income for the recipient. However, this changed for divorce agreements executed after December 31, 2018. Understanding these tax implications is vital for both parties when negotiating alimony terms.

Goals for Alimony Negotiations

Though it might seem counter-intuitive, oftentimes a great negotiation between 2 spouses is a negotiation where neither side leaves feeling like they "won." Stated differently, if you walk away from the table wishing you received more -- and your former spouse walks away wishing he or she would pay less, both sides in this instance have benefited. Still of course, our primary goal is to reduce the amount you owe and to increase the amount you receive, fairly and equitably within the boundaries of the law. 

New Jersey Alimony 2 Part Intent 

Because of Alimony's two-part intent (meaning that it aims to maintain both spouses lifestyles), Alimony can understandably foster discord between the 2 parties given the need to allocate limited financial resources. This tends to remain true even among the super wealthy, as the costs of Alimony paid and received tends to increase proportionate to the spouses' wealth. Because of this, you can reasonably expect a high-income spouse to pay more in Alimony to his or her ex than an average worker would pay to his or her ex. As income increases, so generally does the actual amount paid, while the proportion may be similar between them. 
Because of the contentious nature between both payer and payee in the context of Alimony payments, we strongly recommend consulting an experienced divorce firm like Simon Law Group, LLC to handle negotiations on your behalf and to represent your interests to the greatest extent possible.

Palimony for Unwed Couples

If you and your partner have a cohabitation agreement, either oral or written, you may be eligible to receive Palimony from your partner. Click the link above to learn more, or contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.

Financial Security and Continued Quality of Life Through Fair Alimony Disbursement

Alimony/Spousal Support can have a major impact on your quality of life in the coming years and can mean the difference between living comfortably and stressing about your future economic outlook. It's important to recognize the role that a skilled, seasoned divorce attorney plays in this arena, as we can often develop unique strategic methods to enhance your standing in settlement negotiations, especially when thinking outside the box from a creative lens.

One of the main focuses of Alimony is to allow both you and your former spouse to maintain the lifestyle each of you lived while you were married. Of course this is not always possible. 

New Jersey Family Courts we appear in regularly:

Bergen County 
Justice Center, Room 119
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 527-2300


Essex County 
Family Division Dissolution Unit
Wilentz Justice Complex, Room 113
212 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 693-6710


Family Division Non-Dissolution Unit
Wilentz Justice Complex, Room 1365
212 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07012
(973) 693-5560 or (973) 693-5520


Hudson County
Family Intake Team
Administration Bldg., Room 203
595 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 795-6777


Hunterdon County 
Family Case Management Office
Hunterdon County Justice Center
65 Park Avenue
Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 237-5920


Mercer County
Family Case Management Office
175 S. Broad St., 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 8068
Trenton, NJ 08650-0068
(609) 571-4200


Middlesex County
Family Part Intake Reception Team
Family Courthouse
120 New St., Room 111
P.O. Box 2691
New Brunswick, NJ 08903-2691
(732) 519-3242

Monmouth County
Family Part, Courthouse
71 Monument Park
P.O. Box 1252
Freehold, NJ 07728-1252
(732) 677-4050


Morris County
Morris County Family Division
Morris County Courthouse Family Intake
Washington and Court Streets
P.O. Box 910
Morristown, NJ 07963
(973) 656-4000


Somerset County
Family Case Management Office
Courthouse, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 3000
Somerville, NJ 08876-1262
(908) 231-7600


Sussex County
Sussex County Family Division
Sussex County Judicial Center
43-47 High Street
Newton, NJ 07860
(973) 579-0630


Union County
Dissolution Assignment Office
New Annex Bldg.; Courthouse
2 Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07207
(908) 659-3314


Warren County
Family Division Dissolution Unit
413 Second St.;
P.O. Box 900
Belvidere, NJ 07823-1500
(908) 475-6150


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