Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on during an alimony dispute, there can be a lot at stake. For an individual who is seeking spousal support, the outcome of these matters can shape his or her standard of living for years, perhaps even decades to come. For an individual who is being asked to pay alimony, the resolution of such a dispute can dictate how big of a financial hit he or she will take, which can have a ripple effect on his or her monetary well-being.
Many people in New Jersey get divorced for a very simple reason: they no longer want to have any type of relationship with their ex-spouse. So, when spousal support - commonly known as "alimony" - is an issue in a divorce case, it can be hard for a spouse to see this type of order as "fair." But, there are many cases in which a family law judge will determine that alimony is necessary.
Alimony issues in a Marlton divorce can cause fervent and contentious confrontations between the two sides. Many people who are involved in a divorce are looking for a "clean break" to the relationship which has taken a turn for the worse. Alimony is a link between the two soon-to-be ex-spouses that can survive the end of the legal proceedings. So, it is important to understand the common terms used during the process and the basics around them.
Many divorce cases in New Jersey involve contentious disputes about child support, child custody and property division. However, the one issue that can really cause debilitating strife in the legal proceedings is a request for alimony. After all, most divorcing spouses view the end of their marriage as the end of any type of relationship between the two ex-spouses - many do not treasure the idea of owing a financial obligation to an ex-spouse after the marriage is over.
Alimony is always a hot-button issue in a divorce in New Jersey. It is fairly obvious to see why: when spouses are getting ready to go their separate ways, one soon-to-be ex-spouse is typically not in favor of continuing to make financial payments to the other spouse after the marriage has ended. However, there are a variety of reasons for why alimony might be awarded in a final divorce decree.
When New Jersey residents are part of a divorce case, they probably expect to encounter quite a few bumps in the road during the process. After all, in many cases, the situation already starts out with two people who are obviously not overly fond of one another, although there are admittedly some cases in which the couples can work together enough to reach an out-of-court settlement. However, there will be those cases in which the couple fights tooth-and-nail over every detail, especially alimony. When it comes to contentious arguments about alimony in a divorce, be sure you know what you are getting into.
Many divorces in New Jersey will include a claim by one spouse or the other for alimony, also known as "spousal support." However, many people do not know the basics about alimony and how it might be ordered as part of a divorce decree.
Alimony is a part of many divorce cases throughout the country, but each state has its own rules as to how this financial obligation is awarded, for how long and to which spouse. So, what do New Jersey courts consider when determining alimony in a divorce case?
This blog has on previous occasions discussed prenuptial agreements, which, under New Jersey law, are technically referred to as premarital agreements. While premarital agreements are commonly thought of in the context of an absolute divorce, New Jersey residents may wish to enter in to one for a variety of reasons, even if they have every intention of staying legally married.
As previous posts on this blog have discussed, New Jersey law allows spouses who are separating to seek an award of alimony from the other spouse.