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Alimony Reform – An Update

Several months ago I wrote about permanent alimony and how that concept, entrenched in New Jersey law for well over a hundred years, might change if proposed legislation became law.  Since then, the debate has been heating up.Anti-alimony groups have been lobbying for passage of a bill that would abolish permanent alimony (in most cases), create a formula for determining the amount and duration of alimony payments, and provide for an automatic end to alimony when certain events occur (such as when the payor reaches the age at which he/ [...]

By | 2017-03-03T21:43:50+00:00 January 3rd, 2014|Alimony|Comments Off on Alimony Reform – An Update

Permanent Alimony

Permanent alimony is the most traditional, and for some, the most feared form of alimony.  It began a long time ago as a way to address the financial needs of the dependent spouse after divorce and forever after.  Back then the dependent spouse was almost always the wife who had assumed the traditional gender role as homemaker or housewife (ancient terms) and mother.  Nearly all women were ill-equipped to be financially self-sufficient after divorce or even to contribute economically to their own support. Thus, alimony designed to support the [...]

By | 2017-03-03T22:32:01+00:00 July 3rd, 2013|Alimony|Comments Off on Permanent Alimony