Divorce & Alimony

                                       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.

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                                      Alimony Services 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. If you're on the paying end, you'll always want to provide less, and if you're on the receiving end, you'll always want to receive more.

                                      Though it might seem counter-intuitive, often times 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. 

                                      Because of Alimony's two-part intent (meaning that it aims to maintain both spouses's 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 wealthty, 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 a blue-collar 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 to handle negotiations on your behalf and to represent your interests to the greatest extent possible.

                                      Alimony Law

                                      Essentially a form of Spousal Support, the law in New Jersey changed in September 2014 when the Governor signed into law the alimony reform bill.  Previously, the law allowed for three types of alimony 1) Limited Duration, 2) Permanent, and 3) Rehabilitative. Permanent alimony no longer exists.

                                      The three categories have been reduced to "Open durational alimony" and "Limited duration alimony."

                                      Divorce_Lawyer_near_me.jpgAs a result of the new law, both individuals can no longer expect an alimony award to last for the same length as the marriage lasted. For example, if the marriage lasted 8 years, alimony could've been expected to be paid for 8 years or more; however, now any payments longer than those 8 years would be considered a rare and "exceptional circumstance" under the new law. In essence, New Jersey's revision of the law seems to protect the individual who must pay the alimony rather than the individual who receives the payment. 

                                      Under the new law, 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.

                                      If you're about to undergo the divorce process and expect to pay or receive alimony payments, contact us and we may be able to help you navigate this complex field of law. As always, our consultations are free. 

                                      Effects of Alimony on Financial Security & Factors Considered

                                      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. 

                                      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.

                                      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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