Ending a marriage is an emotionally and physically draining experience. It can also be financially draining. The divorcing partners must go forward supporting two households on the same pool of income that once supported a single household. Spousal support – called alimony – and child support become ongoing financial obligations to try to allow the family to continue a lifestyle as close to their pre-divorce life as possible. New Jersey law once recognized alimony as permanent, continuing throughout the benefitted spouse’s life until death or remarriage. The law has evolved and permanent alimony is no longer the presumed outcome. Guidance from an experienced family law attorney is essential to the financial future of the family. Numerous factors will determine whether you will qualify to receive alimony from your former spouse:
Level of Support
One of the primary situations in which you will qualify for alimony is if you depended on your spouse for financial support. If you generally earned less money than your spouse, you may receive continued support from them in the future. Depending on the case, you may receive a percentage of their income for a time period. This will help to ensure you have the financial resources necessary to live and to get back on your feet.
Duration of Marriage
When you are looking to receive alimony, another important factor that will be assessed is the duration of your marriage. In general, the longer that your marriage lasted, the more likely it is that you will qualify for alimony. It may also affect how much alimony you will receive and for how long it will continue.
If you are going through a divorce, contact Craig Annin & Baxter family lawyers. When you hire Craig Annin & Baxter you will receive the support you need to ensure that your rights are properly represented. Our family lawyers in Haddonfield NJ will help you negotiate or litigate for a financial outcome that will enable you to support yourself and your family. Contact our office to schedule a case consultation.