While some states embed spousal support formulas into their divorce code guidelines, New Jersey divorce law has no such thing. Instead, the third-party presiding over the divorce dispute must take several factors into account to determine if alimony payment is warranted.
These factors can include the length of the marriage, the spouse’s ability to pay, the financial means of the spouse requesting support, the standard of living to which the spouse has become accustomed, as well as the spouse’s ability to seek employment, and earning potential.
Though there are no guarantees in alimony proceedings, many times, presiding judges will take the level of education the spouse possesses and history of contributions to the family, such as homemaking or caregiving, while the other spouse pursued advanced education, worked long hours, and a host of other sacrifices.
Alimony cases are inherently complex because they are not cut and dry. It is important to seek legal representation to help you determine a figure that makes the most sense for your lifestyle, your needs, and your former spouse’s means.