In New Jersey there are not any specific guidelines for calculating alimony. It is at the discretion of the court. There are a number of factors that the court will consider when determining the amount and duration of alimony.

These include:

  • the financial needs of the spouse who is requesting alimony and the ability to pay by the other spouse
  • the duration of the marriage
  • the earning capacity, income and educational level of the spouse
  • the financial contributions each spouse made to the marriage
  • parental responsibilities

There are four types of alimony in New Jersey:

Limited Duration Alimony

This is based on actual financial need and continues as long as necessary for the spouse to become able to support themselves.

Permanent Alimony

This is awarded to a spouse who may have given a career opportunities in order to take care of the family or further the opportunities of the other spouse.

Rehabilitative Alimony

This is intended to help a spouse get back on their feet and provide the necessary training and education so they can become self sufficient.

Reimbursement Alimony

This is intended to compensate a spouse who may have supported the other spouse through continuing education and who expected to enjoy the fruits of that but then was not able to because of the divorce.

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