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How does New Jersey family law handle alimony?

People in New Jersey often worry about their financial stability after a divorce, and understandably so. Whether individuals are cutting their household income in half or taking on part of the marital debt, most people simply want to be certain that they will not come out of an unhappy marriage and into an unhappy financial situation. Under state family law, some divorcees can expect to receive alimony -- commonly called spousal support -- which can help bridge any financial gaps.

While alimony does not factor into every divorce, it does play an important role in many people's lives. Those who left the workforce or accepted lesser positions to focus on caring for children can usually expect to receive support. Similarly, someone who simply earned significantly less than their ex but became accustomed to a certain standard of living may also expect alimony to come into play.

Unlike with child support, though, alimony is not based off a formula. Instead, the court considers 14 statutory factors, which address things like the length of the marriage, standard of living, future earning capacities, education levels and other related factors. The court will also likely take into account things like parental responsibilities as well.

Alimony also relies upon the Case Information Statement, which individuals must submit within 35 days of filing for divorce. This document details personal expenses, including items that range from groceries to dry cleaning and more. Accuracy in these initial CIS documents is often essential to securing the right amount of alimony down the road, so some people choose to work alongside an attorney experienced in New Jersey family law when tackling these types of complicated paperwork.

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