Experienced At Navigating Both Sides Of Alimony Disputes
Spousal support, also called alimony, is a complex, ever-evolving aspect of family law. Unlike child support, orders for spousal support are not in any sense “automatic,” and there is room for interpretation and subjective judgments. If you know or believe that spousal support will be contested in your divorce, please contact attorney Scott J. Levine today for a thorough evaluation of your case.
Should Spousal Support Be Granted? How Much, And For How Long?
Whether you believe you should receive alimony or wish to minimize your obligation to pay it, we will build your case and work to develop a sound legal strategy.
The central questions include whether alimony should be granted at all and, if so, how much and for how long? Our New Jersey courts may grant several types of spousal support:
- Permanent alimony, continuing until the death of either party or remarriage of the recipient
- Limited-duration alimony, continuing for a stipulated period but not tied to any specific conditions
- Rehabilitative alimony, covering a finite period and typically based on a plan submitted by the spouse receiving payments to seek education, training or job experience
- Reimbursement alimony, covering unique situations such as a party seeking divorce after their spouse financed their medical school education, for example
A Divorce Lawyer Who Will Fight For Your Financial Interests
As with many other family law issues, it may be possible to reach agreement through amicable, fair negotiations, and we will fully support your effort to do so. However, we emphasize the importance of protecting your financial interests in divorce, and alimony is often intensely contested. By law, many factors can enter into a court decision on spousal support. Some of the most prominent considerations are:
- Length of the marriage
- Standard of living maintained during the marriage
- Need and ability to pay
- Earning capacity of both parties
Family law attorney Scott J. Levine stays informed of recent court decisions, new statutory laws and is adept at analyzing unique circumstances surrounding spousal support awards, including those involving cohabitation or a civil union. He can handle all aspects of your divorce, or assist you in seeking a post-judgment modification if your circumstances have substantially changed.