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In a divorce, alimony is a payment made by one spouse to the other. However, the amount and duration of such payments depend on the circumstances of the parties. When a court orders alimony payments they can be for a limited duration or an open duration. Alimony could also be awarded for a specific purpose. The goal of alimony is to provide needed financial support to a spouse to enable them to bear the economic impact of their divorce. There are different types of alimony and the law provides detailed guidance for court-awarded alimony. Your circumstances will determine the type of alimony you are eligible for. Hire a skilled Millburn alimony lawyer to help lead the way.

Why Choose A Millburn Alimony Attorney From Nitti & Nitti?

  • For more than 30 years, New Jersey clients have trusted us with their family law concerns and other legal matters. You can too.
  • Our divorce lawyers have the resources and insight to help you successfully navigate complex family law issues and pursue favorable results.
  • Our Managing Partner, Joseph Nitti, Esq., is a certified mediator and is also trained in collaborative law. Both of these options can streamline the family law process and help you obtain timely results.
  • As a local, family-owned firm, we are able to offer the one-on-one service and caring assistance you deserve. You and your case matter to us.

If you are going through a divorce or you are the subject of an alimony award, we can help you bring clarity to your situation. Call us today at (973) 226-4141 for a free consultation with one of our alimony attorneys in Millburn.

Factors Considered in Awarding Alimony

To make an alimony award, the courts consider a number of factors including, but not limited to:

  • The actual need and ability of the parties to pay
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The standard of living established in the marriage and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living, with neither party having a greater entitlement to that standard of living than the other
  • The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties

How Long Can Alimony Last in New Jersey?

The duration of alimony will depend on the type of alimony and the circumstances. The goal of alimony is not to punish one party or the other, but to provide support for the economically disadvantaged spouse. To enable the economically disadvantaged spouse to maintain a standard of living reasonably comparable to the standard of living they enjoyed in the marriage. Neither party is more entitled to that standard of living than the other.

Although every situation is different, in New Jersey, for any marriage that lasted less than 20 years, the total duration of alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage. If the marriage lasted for five years, the total duration of alimony cannot exceed five years.

What is Cohabitation and How Can it Affect Alimony?

In New Jersey, alimony may be suspended or terminated if the recipient cohabits with another person. The definition of cohabitation for this purpose is not limited to sharing the same household. Parties who are not living together full-time may still be cohabiting in the eyes of the law. To determine cohabitation, the courts will determine a number of factors including:

  • Intertwined finances such as joint bank accounts and other joint holdings or liabilities
  • Sharing or joint responsibility for living expenses
  • Recognition of the relationship in the couple’s social and family circle
  • Living together, the frequency of contact, the duration of the relationship, and other indicia of a mutually supportive intimate personal relationship
  • Sharing household chores
  • Whether the recipient of alimony has received an enforceable promise of support from another person
  • Any other relevant factors

Contact A Millburn Alimony Lawyer Today

If you need an alimony attorney in Millburn, call us today at (973) 226-4141 or click here to schedule your free consultation.