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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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