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Governor Christie signs new alimony rules effect for New Jersey

People who are filing for divorce in New Jersey might like to know about some changes that have been made to the alimony laws. Governor Chris Christie has recently signed new alimony laws into effect. These are the first changes to this law in almost a decade.

One of the biggest changes to the alimony laws is that there is no such thing as permanent alimony in the state now for couples who have been married fewer than 20 years. This means that getting married and then divorcing no longer means that one party will be saddled with making alimony payments while the other party receives the payments for life.

Another change that was made is that it is easier for alimony payments to end or be reduced if the spouse who is paying the alimony loses a job or retires. Supporters of the changes hope that this will put an end to people being forced to work well past retirement age just to keep up with the alimony payments. The presumption under the new bill is that alimony will end at age 67 instead of only ending if the receiving party got remarried.

While these changes might not seem that significant, they are actually very good updates to the state's older alimony laws that were made at a time when most men were breadwinners and most women were dependent upon men for support. Because some of these changes can affect people who already have alimony orders, as well as those who are in the midst of the divorce process, learning about the changes and how they affect your case is vital.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, "New Alimony Rules in New Jersey" Sophia Hollander, Sep. 10, 2014

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