Are the alimony laws in the State of New Jersey changing?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Alimony & Child Support, Blog | Comments Off on Are the alimony laws in the State of New Jersey changing?

Are the alimony laws in the State of New Jersey changing?

As of this moment, the short answer to this question is- maybe.

For some time now there has been what can be described as a movement by many to review New Jersey’s alimony laws.  Under attack are issues concerning the length of alimony, the amount of alimony, and the ability to review and modify alimony based upon certain changes over time.

One side of the fence has declared war on alimony calling it punitive and out of touch with current values in society.  Supporters for alimony reform are seeking a more uniformed approach to alimony with specific formulas similar to what already exists in New Jersey for calculating child support.  Those on the other side of the fence argue that strict formulas are too rigid and take away the ability of the lawyers and judges to remain flexible applying the particular facts of a particular case to the law.

The movement for alimony reform has traction as there are bills pending in the State House.  These bills have bouncing around various committees and the debate continues.  How it will ultimately play out remains to be seen.
Even without taking sides, one can objectively conclude that no single law is perfect.  The alimony statutes are no different.  Do they need to be tweaked?  Perhaps.  Do they need a complete overhaul?  Maybe.  For now, we can only stay tuned and see what develops over time.

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