If you recently lost a job and are wondering whether or not you are still responsible for alimony obligations, read on and reach out to our skilled Monmouth County divorce & separation attorneys today. We are on your side.

Do I have to continue paying alimony if I lost my job?

There are a number of questions the court will ask when determining whether or not the loss of employment should merit an alimony modification. These questions will likely include the following:

  • What was the reason for the loss of employment?
  • Is the individual able to physically and mentally obtain and retain employment?
  • What has the individual done in the meantime to find a replacement position or alternative means of income?
  • Did the individual receive and severance payment?
  • Has the individual been out of work for at least 90 days prior to seeking modification?

If you would like to request an alimony modification, do not wait to retain the services of a skilled alimony attorney who will confirm that your interests, needs, and concerns are taken into account by the court. Our legal team at The Law Offices of Paone, Zaleski & Murphy is ready to walk with you through each step of the process ahead. Reach out to our firm today to learn more about our services and how we can best help you and your unique circumstances.

What job losses will not result in alimony modification?

You will want to recognize that not every circumstance where one party loses their job will demand an alimony modification. In fact, quitting or voluntarily leaving a job is not deemed an unexpected change in circumstances which is a critical legal requirement for any post-divorce modification.

Losing a job as a result of gross negligence or criminal wrongdoing may also prevent an alimony modification. Though, there have been some matters where the loss of a professional license has resulted in an alimony modification.

Recognize that rehabilitative alimony can never be altered. A decrease in what the court has found to be owed between the parties will not be attested by any shift in circumstances. However, if the paying party loses their job, this can cause an extension of the time frame they are offered to repay what they owe.

It is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today if you have any additional questions regarding how your job can affect your alimony obligations. Give our firm a call today.


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