Alimony Payments In New Jersey
During a divorce proceeding, there are a lot of questions that will arise regarding the couple’s funds. One of the important factors that need to be considered in the event of a divorce is spousal maintenance, also known as alimony. The determination of support payments must take a lot of aspects into consideration because everyone’s case is different.
Maintenance for a spouse to receive money for living expenses depends on whether the spouse that’s in need works and earns their own money, and it also depends on exactly what the standard of living has been during the marriage. There is money that has to be paid until the divorce is finalized, and then there is money that has to be paid after the divorce. All of that really is dependent on the actual incomes of the parties, not necessarily what’s on the tax return, but the actual income of the parties which led to the standard of living that the parties enjoyed; both parties are entitled to that standard of living, which is very difficult once the parties are living in separate homes.
There are two different types of maintenance that could potentially be put in place after your divorce has been completed. The first kind is durational maintenance, meaning that you or your ex-spouse will only receive maintenance for a certain amount of time after the divorce has been finalized. This is usually the route taken when the spouse receiving the maintenance will be able to support themselves in a few years. Perhaps that person had a career but took time off to raise the children, now they can have enough money to support themselves while they get their career back on track. This gives the person an opportunity to renew any licenses they may have or to go back to school so they can make a career for themselves.
The other type of maintenance is non-durational maintenance, meaning that there is no set time frame on the number of years that the maintenance payments will last. Usually this option is chosen when the marriage lasted for upwards of 30 years and the person is at a later stage in their life in which it would be unrealistic for them to go back to school and start a career to support themselves. Non-durational maintenance will typically last until either pensions or social security kicks in or even for the rest of the person’s life.
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