Alimony can be a complex matter and in some cases, you may need to modify your arrangement. Read on to learn more about alimony modifications in New Jersey.
What are the different types of alimony in New Jersey?
The most common types of alimony awarded in New Jersey include:
- Open Durational Alimony: If you were married to your spouse for over 20 years and are financially dependent, you may be awarded this type of alimony. This alimony can only be terminated if you become financially dependent, or no longer require payments in the eyes of the New Jersey courts.
- Limited Durational Alimony: Dependent spouses in short-term marriages may be entitled to this type of alimony to help them get on their feet. The amount and duration will be determined by the judge.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: This is a short-term support structure created to help the dependant spouse further his or her education. For example, if the dependent spouse deferred his or her career goals or left the workforce to support the other spouse prior to the divorce, this type of alimony will be rewarded.
- Reimbursement Alimony: This structure is used when one spouse decides to go back to school or receive training for a new job and the other spouse pays for it. After the divorce, the spouse that paid may be able to receive this type of alimony to reimburse them for that cost.
Can I stop paying alimony?
If your financial situation has changed, you may need to request a modification to your alimony arrangement. In order to obtain a modification, you will have to prove that your situation has changed drastically and permanently. It is important to know that you cannot stop paying alimony without permission from the court and failing to make alimony payments can result in serious consequences.
When it comes to alimony, there are a number of ways for a New Jersey court to enforce payments, including:
- Placing liens on owned properties in order to raise funds upon sale
- Work directly with banks to deduct funds directly from checking or savings accounts
- Find the other party in contempt of court which is a criminal offense
- Garnishing wages in order to secure payment
- Seizing property of the other party in order to sell the items to raise funds for alimony payments
If you have any questions or concerns about alimony modifications in New Jersey, contact our firm.
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