Alimony (spousal support) is an amount of money to be paid from one spouse to another in order to enable both parties to live a reasonable lifestyle. Traditionally, alimony has been based not on formula, but upon a series of factual considerations that include:
The alimony statute in New Jersey permits a broad latitude for the court in which to work. Hence, alimony awards vary by county and by court.
It is also important to understand that as the years go by, unless a supported spouse is at a level of support which allows that individual to maintain his or her standard of living during the marriage then he or she is never precluded from coming back into court to ask for an increase in alimony. Modifications of alimony awards are, however, carefully scrutinized.
Evaluation of the “standard of living” of the respective spouses is done via the testimony of the parties involved and documents submitted to the court. However, the courts are bound by reality. Unless the court reviews the monthly budget of each party carefully, the scales may be tilted completely to one side.
Individuals should also know that several types of alimony exist:
Regardless of all these factors, it is important to recognize that every situation is unique.
If you or a loved one is in need of counsel regarding alimony, call the Cherry Hill alimony lawyers at Richard C. Klein at 856-988-5470 or contact us online to learn more. We advocate for families in Cherry Hill, Marlton, Maple Shade, Mount Laurel, as well as throughout the state of New Jersey.