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Alimony Reform in New Jersey

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In  September 2014, New Jersey’s Governor 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 2014 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 of alimony 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 is an example of how divorce, alimony and child custody laws can change. It is important to hire a family law attorney 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

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