Yes, alimony exists in New Jersey. There are bills at the moment in front of the legislature to change alimony. It’s an alimony reform bill abolishing permanent alimony, which we have now in New Jersey, and making alimony more of a formulaic approach.
Right now, again, we have statutes, which include the length of the marriage, and includes the homemaker’s time and how much time a homemaker would take off of work, the disparity of income, the training of each party, the ability of each party to maintain the lifestyle. There are a lot of factors involved in alimony and it’s very particular at the moment in New Jersey. That’s the statute that we have. But the alimony reform statute is being considered at the moment.
New Jersey is one of the states that it is very good to the dependent spouse. When you are a dependent spouse, you will get alimony in New Jersey. And I don’t know that that’s true in a lot of other states. It’s known to be a good state for the dependent spouse.
Judith S. Charny has been practicing law in South Jersey since 1984 and established her own practice in 1999. Ms. Charny concentrates in divorce and family law, including collaborative law and divorce mediation.