Bergen County Spousal Support Lawyers
In the state of New Jersey, alimony is intended to offset inequity in the incomes, both earned and unearned, of both parties after the divorce has been entered. Spousal support is not intended to punish one spouse or reward the other. In fact, spousal maintenance should ideally lead to the self-sufficiency of the receiving spouse.
At the law office of Cowen & Jacobs we advise and represent clients who are required to pay or entitled to receive spousal support. Since conflicts can arise over the actual income or earning capacity of either party, our office will retain, if necessary, forensic accountants, actuaries, and employability experts in pursuit of a full disclosure and assessment of each party’s position. Armed with this information, we are well prepared to effectuate a fair settlement or to present a strong case in court if settlement efforts fail.
Avoid an unfair spousal support settlement – contact divorce lawyers at Cowen & Jacobs today. We’ll explain what the court considers and how you can strengthen your case.
Alimony – What Works Best for Our Client
There are many kinds of spousal support. During the pendency of the divorce, the court may order temporary spousal support, also known as pendente lite support. Alimony is spousal support commencing after the Judgment of Divorce is entered. Our laws provide for open-duration, limited-duration, reimbursement, and rehabilitative alimony. Our divorce lawyers have the expertise and experience to help you evaluate which type best fits your situation in light of statutory parameters.
Determining Alimony – What’s Involved
The courts are required to consider a number of statutory factors when determining the amount and duration of alimony, including:
- The actual need and ability of the parties to pay;
- The duration of the marriage or civil union;
- The age, physical, and emotional health of the parties;
- The standard of living established in the marriage or civil union and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living, with neither party having a greater entitlement to that standard of living than the other;
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties;
- The length of absence from the job market of the party seeking maintenance;
- The parental responsibilities for the children;
- The time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment, the availability of the training and employment, and the opportunity for future acquisitions of capital assets and income;
- The history of the financial or non-financial contributions to the marriage or civil union by each party, including contributions to the care and education of the children and interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities;
- The equitable distribution of property ordered and any payouts on equitable distribution, directly or indirectly, out of current income, to the extent this consideration is reasonable, just, and fair;
- The income available to either party through investment of any assets held by that party;
- The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a non-taxable payment;
- The nature, amount, and length of pendente lite support paid, if any; and
- Any other factors which the court may deem relevant.
Contact Experienced Alimony Attorneys Today
If you’re facing divorce and have questions or concerns regarding spousal support, contact the law office of Cowen & Jacobs today. We can evaluate your situation and determine how to protect your interest while asserting your rights.