New Jersey Alimony Attorneys
Since there are many different circumstances regarding a divorce case, the same goes for the types of alimony that one may be eligible for. With the numerous kinds of alimony that one can file for, you need to make sure the type of alimony you do request is the best one for your unique situation. For instance, a permanent alimony is usually best for long-term marriages and is as the name says, permanent usually after the divorce is settled. But there is also a pendente lite alimony, which is a temporary financial award that is usually handled during the divorce process. As you may have noticed, some alimony types are for during the divorce case and some are for after. Because of this, you can even combine alimony types to make sure you are supported financially during this tough time.
With the various types of alimony, all not being mentioned here, it is critical to have a seasoned New Jersey alimony lawyer on your side. The Law Offices of Jef Henninger, Esq., has a team of lawyers with divorce and family law experience, and will fight to secure your financial future. Contact our Monmouth County law firm for a free initial consultation at 732-773-2768.
In New Jersey, courts have moved away from permanent alimony. However, with much longer marriages, permanent alimony is still available.
An understanding of the purpose of permanent alimony lends further insight into the proper use and application of limited duration alimony. The most commonly expressed rationale for permanent alimony is:
1. To compensate for benefits conferred on the other spouse by being responsible for homemaking and child rearing. The primary benefit is increased earning capacity of the other spouse who, while enjoying family life, was free to devote all productive time to income production.
2. To compensate for the opportunity costs of homemaking. This is primarily lost earning capacity through the years of major responsibility for the home, either not being employed or holding employment subject to the needs of the family. Courts recognize this opportunity cost when they refer to the fact that the claimant for alimony had remained in the home in the traditional role of full-time homemaker. There is, also, a cost in lessened opportunity for remarriage which is greater for women than men and which increases the longer the marriage lasts.
In short, “a transfer of earning power” occurs during a traditional marriage in which the homemaker spouse’s efforts increased the other’s earning capacity at the expense of her own. Alimony is an award formulated to compensate for that transfer by sufficiently (fairly) meeting reasonable needs for support not otherwise met by property division and personal income.
[Krauskopf, Rehabilitative Alimony, at 583-84 (footnotes omitted).]
If you have a New Jersey divorce case that involves a permanent alimony issue, call the team of aggressive Monmouth County alimony lawyers today to discuss your case.