North Bergen New Jersey Alimony and Spousal Support Lawyer 

Helping You Secure a Fair Spousal Support Agreement or Award

What is Alimony in a New Jersey Divorce? 

One of the more complicated and contentious aspects of the divorce process is alimony.  Alimony, also known as spousal support is a court-ordered payment from one spouse to the other during a separation, while a divorce is in process, or after a final divorce order has been issued. It’s often used to allow a spouse with significantly less income to maintain a lifestyle similar to the one they enjoyed during the marriage. Spousal support is gender-neutral and awarded on a case by case basis. 

If you are considering a divorce or are involved in a dispute over alimony, it’s crucial to speak with a qualified alimony attorney. Whether you are seeking alimony or being asked to pay, Lazaro Carvajal will work towards obtaining an alimony agreement that keeps your financial security intact. 

Take advantage of a free consultation to discuss your case. Call today 201-281-5577.

Types of Alimony in New Jersey

The Law Offices of Lazaro Carvajal advises and represents clients in regard to the following kinds of alimony:

Pendente lite alimony: Also known as temporary financial assistance, this covers the dependent’s living expenses during the divorce proceeding. 

Limited duration alimony: This is generally awarded in marriages lasting less than 20 years and is paid for a fixed amount of time (not to exceed the length of the marriage) until there is a change of circumstances such as the ability of the dependent spouse to become self-sufficient. 

Open durational alimony: This type of spousal support is awarded in marriages lasting over 20 years and lasts for as long as the recipient can prove they are unable to support themselves. 

Rehabilitative alimony: This allows a financially dependent spouse the opportunity to pursue education or vocational training in order to increase their earning potential and become self-sufficient. 

Reimbursement alimony: This is a set monetary amount used to reimburse a spouse for contributions they made to the other’s education or career during the marriage. 

How is Spousal Support in New Jersey Calculated? 

There is no set formula for calculating spousal support in New Jersey. A court determines the amount and type of alimony to award based on a variety of factors including: 

  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Income and earning capacity of each spouse
  • Employability of each spouse
  • The needs of the dependent spouse 
  • The ability of the supporting spouse to pay 
  • Whether the dependent party has had a significant absence from the job market
  • the division of marital assets and debts in equitable distribution; 
  • Each spouse’s responsibility for any children they have
  • Tax burdens of each spouse

Contact a New Jersey Alimony Lawyer

If you have questions about alimony or other divorce or family law matters, call the Law Offices of Lazaro Carvajal to schedule a free consultation. Our offices are North Bergen, NJ and we proudly serve clients throughout Bergen County, Hudson County, and Jersey City.