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Alimony is No Longer a Life Sentence in NJ

When Gov. Chris Christie signed the alimony reform law in September of 2014, advocates cheered because the new law did away with the concept of “forever” or “permanent” alimony.

Imagine this: you are married and then you decide to call it quits. For one of many reasons, you are now on the hook to pay alimony to your ex — forever. Or, until she remarries. That’s a heavy ball and chain to carry around for the rest of your life.

Now, if you have been married for less than 20 years, alimony cannot exceed the number of years you were married. So, if you were married for nine years, you won’t have to pay alimony for longer than nine years. Of course, there may be reasons a judge orders a longer term of alimony. Talk with your divorce lawyer about this.

For those married more than 20 years, you can apply to end your alimony obligation when you reach the age of 67 – federal retirement age. Also, you can petition a judge for a modification sooner, based on a number of things. If you believe there is a reason for your alimony order to be adjusted — or even terminated — speak to a good divorce lawyer who will explain your rights.

Ron Graziano has been advising divorcing couples in South Jersey for 40 years. He is knowledgeable and he will protect your rights and interests. Contact him today for a consultation about your situation.

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Robyn made the divorce process bearable by making sure I was ok every step of the way. She was a fighter when she needed to be and compassionate the rest of the time. The thing I liked best about her is that she was encouraging when I needed to get my end of the work done. She was reasonably priced and worked hard to get my case settled. I have since recommended her to 3 other friends who have retained her services. Ana Z.
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Attorney Graziano is one of the brightest and most compassionate professionals which anyone could work with! He is a great advocate and is extremely knowledgable of the judicial system. He made a very unpleasant legal situation a pleasant journey, and he helped keep things in perspective and in a positive light. I fully recommend him without reservation! Danielle
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After a divorce, my ex-husband was not keeping up with his scheduled child support payments. With the help and knowledge of Robyn Flynn, I was able to resolve this issue. Being a single mother of three children, Robyn Flynn made me a priority. I felt respected by her always keeping me informed and encouraged. She was not only my lawyer, but a friend during a very stressful time in my life. I would never use another attorney other than Robyn Flynn and highly recommend her to my friends as a trustworthy, professional and experienced lawyer. Anna H.
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It seemed like my case took forever but I trusted Ron Grazaino and listened to what he had to say. Mr Graziano said that the insurance company was not being fair and that we should go to trial. The trial was very nerve racking however he eased my mind and killed them with proof and knowledge. My outcome of my trial brought me to tears of joy. I could never imagine such a good outcome. Listen to him, have faith and you too will be impressed. Robin
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Robyn is an excellent litigator and educated/guided me throughout my divorce. She is incredibly gifted in managing your case and fighting for you with opposing consul. Through the dark days she kept me going and helped me get the results me and my children deserved. Chris K.
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Ron is an extremely trustworthy lawyer. Listen to what he says and have faith in him, you will be as impressed as I am! I couldn't have dreamed of a better outcome in my case. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else to represent me, I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an amazing lawyer!!
His staff is amazing as well!!
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