What are the four types of spousal support?

One matter that frequently arises in a divorce is that of spousal support. Spousal support is when one party provides financial means to the other after they have gone through the divorce. In New Jersey, there are four types of spousal support that the court may order. These include:

Open durational alimony- This form of spousal support has replaced the option for permanent spousal support in New Jersey. This is typically only granted to couples that were married for at least 20 years. In this form of spousal support, the court will not necessarily set an end date for the support payments. If there is a change in circumstance, the parties can request that the alimony is terminated.

Limited durational alimony- Of course, spousal support is available for couples who were married for less than twenty years. Limited durational alimony will have a set end date at the time of the court’s order.

Rehabilitative alimony- There are often cases when a spouse will put off their own career goals in an effort to support the other spouse. This form of alimony often exists to help the spouse who put off their career attempt to obtain further education to increase their potential for earning.

Reimbursement alimony- Oftentimes, one spouse will work while the other goes to school to further their education. Reimbursement alimony exists to pay back the spouse who supported the couple during this time.

Keep in mind that in many cases, spousal support is not necessary because both spouses are financially independent. If you have questions about whether spousal support may be applicable in your divorce, contact our firm today.

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