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Spousal Support

Hackensack Spousal Support Attorney

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In order to complete the divorce process, one must consider the topic of spousal support. There are many issues that become heated in a divorce case. Alimony is no exception. Often, parties disagree on who is entitled to what support. New Jersey courts award the dependent party a certain type of alimony based on his or her financial needs and earning capacity. Alimony, also known as spousal support, can be modified as circumstances change. If you need an attorney with years of experience guiding clients through their rights regarding alimony, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq.

New Jersey alimony explained

New Jersey has recently changed the laws related to alimony. The state has abolished “permanent” alimony because it was never supposed to be permanent. Instead, it has installed the term “open-durational” to more adequately describe that type of alimony. New Jersey has 4 types of alimony structures, including:

  • Open durational alimony: dependent spouses in marriages lasting more than 20 years may be entitled to this alimony. Though the structure has no end date, the amount of alimony and the end of the alimony can always be modified by changing circumstances to the financial need and the earning potential of each party.
  • Limited durational alimony: Dependent spouses in short term marriages may be entitled to limited duration alimony. The award depends on the duration of the marriage, the age of the parties involved, and the earning capacity of each spouse. The purpose is to help one party become financially secure through a support structure with a limited time.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: This is a short-term support structure to help the dependent spouse to reach financial stability. This type of alimony is usually used to further one’s education.
  • Reimbursement alimony: When the dependent party has set aside their interests for the other, this alimony structure is meant to pay them back for the support they have offered. If one spouse worked while the other was in school, this support structure will reimburse them for the cost of supporting the spouse seeking higher education.

Mediation may be a good option

Though alimony may be one of the most heated topics in a divorce, alternative dispute resolution methods may best serve your needs. When a couple can set aside their emotions to work together on a solution, they are often happier with the results because they save money, time, and their lives are not decided on by a judge. If you are considering the process of alternative dispute resolution, contact Debra F. Schneider, Esq. for a consultation.

Contact a Bergen County divorce lawyer

Debra F. Schneider, Esq. has served Hackensack and Bergen County with quality legal services for over 25 years. Her firm handles all family law and divorce matters. Alimony can be a difficult divorce topic to resolve. When parties disagree on how to end a marriage, it can become costly. Debra F. Schneider believes that the client’s best interests are met when a marriage is resolved quickly and efficiently. If you need an experienced Bergen County divorce lawyer to assess your situation, guide you through your options, and passionately advocate on your behalf, contact the law office of Debra F. Schneider, Esq. today.

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