Am I Eligible for Spousal Support or Alimony?
Whether alimony is granted in your New Jersey divorce depends on many factors. Individual judges have considerable latitude. As your family law attorney, Michael J. Stein can give you an educated opinion regarding your case, and capably represent your interests in or out of court.
With more than a decade of family law experience, Moorestown alimony lawyer Michael J. Stein can represent your interests in:
- Negotiation to determine alimony
- Alimony/spousal support litigation
- Spousal support modification (remarriage, change in financial situation)
Contact our experienced lawyer for a free initial consultation. His law practice serves Burlington County, Camden County, Gloucester County, and across all of New Jersey.
Factors in Awarding Alimony/Spousal Support in New Jersey
The court considers a number of factors in deciding whether spousal support/alimony is merited in your divorce. If one spouse was the breadwinner, for example, and the other put a career on hold to raise children, alimony is more likely. Income disparity, education levels, job skills, accustomed standard of living, age, and health are also factors.
The amount of alimony is determined by the incomes of the parties and the ability to pay, as well as other factors. Michael J. Stein, Attorney at Law, can help ensure that the other spouse is forthcoming about all income and assets through subpoenas and other methods of hidden asset detection, if necessary.
Alimony can be granted for a fixed duration such as limited duration alimony, rehabilitative alimony or permanent alimony. The length of the marriage and income of the payor are some of the factors considered in determining the type and length of alimony/spousal support.
Alimony Settlement vs. Litigation
Alimony, like property division, can be negotiated out of court, or it can be decided by a judge. Because judges are unpredictable regarding the issue, it may be wise to work out a settlement if you believe you will be ordered to pay a lot of alimony (or if you are worried the court won’t grant any). Michael Stein has more than 10 years of family law and trial experience, and is a qualified mediator in New Jersey.