Clinton Alimony Lawyer
If you are preparing to go through a divorce in New Jersey, you may have to address alimony issues at some point. You may also hear alimony referred to as spousal support, which is the court-ordered financial support that family court judges sometimes award in a New Jersey divorce. Alimony is typically a highly contested situation. No matter whether you are the one set to receive payments, or you are the one who is expected to make the payments, it’s crucial to have a strong legal voice in your corner who can defend your rights.
Clinton alimony lawyer Katherine K. Wagner has nearly three decades of experience representing both men and women on either side of the alimony argument. She understands how complicated and emotional alimony issues can become during a New Jersey divorce. Ms. Wagner prides herself on serving all her clients’ needs with dedication, care, and support.
What Factors Influence a New Jersey Alimony Award?
Alimony is not awarded in every divorce. Before issuing a court order, the judge looks at numerous factors to decide whether one spouse should receive financial support. Some of the most common elements the court considers include:
- How long were you married?
- What is each of your educational levels?
- What is each of your situations regarding work history and employability?
- Did one of you remain unemployed to raise a family?
There may be additional factors the judge considers depending on your situation. If you have a valid prenup agreement, that could impact any potential alimony award as well.
Types of Alimony in New Jersey
There are five main types of alimony in New Jersey. They are:
- Pendente Lite Alimony—This support is only paid to the dependent spouse during the divorce to help keep them afloat until the divorce is finalized.
- Open Durational Alimony—This alimony might be awarded in a long-term marriage (usually 20 years or more) where one spouse has much greater earning capacity than the other spouse. It’s not permanent alimony as it can be terminated when it’s no longer necessary or when the payor reaches the retirement age for Social Security and actually retires.
- Limited Duration Alimony—This type of alimony is usually awarded in shorter marriages (less than 20 years). It’s set for a specific amount of time, and it can be modified if there is a significant change in either spouse’s circumstances. The length of time awarded won’t exceed the length of time you were married.
- Rehabilitative Alimony—This alimony supports a dependent spouse while they go back to school or undergo training to become more employable and competitive. Rehabilitative alimony will terminate when the recipient spouse has obtained a job and can support themselves.
- Reimbursement Alimony—The last type of alimony is reimbursement alimony and is usually only awarded in certain situations. Usually, this alimony is for shorter-term marriages where one spouse supported the other through their education but didn’t benefit from the advanced education.
Contact a New Jersey Alimony Lawyer
There are numerous things to figure when determining alimony, which is why you need a skilled Clinton alimony lawyer on your side. Contact Katherine K. Wagner, Attorney at Law, to learn more about how we can help protect your rights in an alimony dispute.