Thursday, September 11, 2014

NJ's Alimony Law Gets an Update

New Jersey's alimony law - derided by many as archaic - is getting an update.

Governor Chris Christie's office announced tonight that he signed a bill that would make significant changes to alimony, though critics have said it doesn't go far enough.

The law Christie just signed applies mainly to future divorces, though it does allow a "rebuttable presumption" that alimony payments will end once the ex-spouse paying them reaches the "full retirement age" of 67.

Among its other major changes:
  • For marriages that lasted fewer than 20 years, the length of alimony payments cannot exceed the length of the marriage unless a judge decides there are "exceptional circumstances"
  •  Judges would be able to end payments if the recipient lives with a partner, even if they don't get married.
  • Judges would be able to lower payments if the payer has been out of work for 90 days.
  • The term "permanent alimony" would be replaced with "open durational alimony."

Christie did not comment on signing the bill.  Advocates of overhauling the alimony system had been split on whether to support the bill.

Aretsky and Aretsky, Attorneys at Law in Bergen County, NJ, can help you learn about alimony and divorce. 

Call today and we can discuss your situation.  Eric Aretsky is available 24/7 to take your call.  Call 201-580-3411.  


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