On  September 10, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law Bill A-845 and made Alimony Reform in New Jersey a reality.

The new provisions will be applied to future divorces. However, there is a “rebuttal presumption” that alimony payments will end once ex-spouses currently paying alimony reach “full retirement age.”

The new statute replaces the term “permanent alimony” with “open durational alimony.”

Other changes to alimony in New Jersey include:

  • The length of alimony payments cannot exceed the length of the marriage for marriages that last less than 20 years- except for special circumstances.
  • A judge can decide  to end  payment if the recipient engages in a common law marriage or lives with a partner- even if they do not get married.
  • Alimony payments can be lowered if the payer is unemployed for 90 days.

Bill A-845 proves that divorce, alimony and child custody laws can change. It is important to hire an experienced divorce lawyer that understands all of the current and pending laws regarding divorce, alimony, child custody, and other family law matters.

If you or a family member is considering a divorce or in need of representation in an alimony matter, please contact the dedicated family law attorneys of Petrelli Previtera, LLC