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Sean Kean says his bill is essential in New Jersey alimony reform

For quite some time, New Jersey citizens have been hearing a lot of buzz about reforming our state's alimony laws. Now, in a column published by Asbury Park Press, Sean Kean details the reasons his Assembly Bill 845 is so crucial an element in the state's efforts. The bill, known as A-845, has passed through the state senate and assembly and is currently awaiting Governor Christie's approval.

Specifically, Kean says A-845 will help those charged with paying alimony if they cannot comply with the court's orders. After meeting a constituent who could not afford to make his alimony payments due to the loss of his job, Kean introduced the bill during a legislative session. He says it is time the system recognizes that sometimes due to unforeseen events, the person who is supposed to pay the alimony cannot meet the obligation.

Kean clarified that A-845 will offer up specific grounds for termination or modification of the alimony when the payer loses a job, retires or otherwise experiences a significant reduction in income. The bill would also provide a way to modify or terminate alimony if the recipient begins to cohabit with another person. Currently, most New Jersey courts do not offer any relief to alimony payers under conditions of income reduction, including retirement.

If the A-845 bill does become law, it will likely have a dramatic effect on the lives of both alimony payers and alimony recipients. However, divorced couples must wait for the governor to either approve or reject the bill before they can approach their current alimony orders. In the meantime, it's a good idea to go ahead and speak with a family law attorney just in case the bill goes through.

Source: Asbury Park Press, "KEAN: Bill crucial to reforming unfair alimony system" Sean Kean, Jul. 22, 2014

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