New Jersey Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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New Jersey Alimony

New Jersey alimony or spousal support may be awarded to either party based upon the following factors: 
  • the duration of the marriage; 

  • the actual needs, obligations, and ability to pay of each spouse;

  • the standard of living established during the marriage; 

  • the time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment, and that spouse's future earning capacity; 

  • the age of the spouses; 

  • the physical and emotional conditions of the spouses; 

  • the earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the spouses;

  • the length of absence from the job market;

  • any child custodial responsibilities of the spouse seeking alimony; 

  • the availability of training and employment'

  • the opportunity for the future acquisition of capital and income; 

  • the history or financial and non-financial contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including the contribution of each spouse to the care and education of children and interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities;

  • the equitable distribution of property and any payouts from this property, if a consideration of this income as fair and just (however, income from retirement benefits which are treated as an asset for purposes of equitable distribution are not to be considered); and

  •  and any other factor the court deems just and equitable.

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