Essex County Divorce Alimony Lawyers

Alimony can be a hot-button issue, whether one spouse feels deserving or the other spouse bristles at having to pay support. The key is to see through the emotion of it and view alimony as a business decision in the bigger picture.

The lawyers of Iacullo Martino, LLC, can gauge whether the court would likely award alimony in your New Jersey divorce. We can weigh the merits of litigating or using alimony to negotiate other aspects of the property settlement.

Does alimony apply in your divorce? We handle contested divorce in Essex County, Passaic County, Bergen County, Morris County, Union County, Hudson County and throughout New Jersey. Contact our Nutley law office.

Spousal Support Attorneys For Nutley, The Clifton Area, Newark And Beyond

Alimony (spousal support) is payment from one spouse to the other to level the standard of living after divorce. There are four different types of alimony in New Jersey:

  • Permanent alimony — This usually applies to long-term marriages, especially if the spouse has a disability or few employable skills.
  • Limited duration alimony — The court can award a fixed payment for a defined period rather than open-ended (permanent) support.
  • Reimbursement alimony — This pays back a spouse who supported the other in obtaining an advanced degree or otherwise advancing a career or business. It may be coupled with other types of alimony.
  • Rehabilitative alimony — This is short-term support to enable a spouse to return to school, re-establish a career or otherwise gain financial independence.

The court considers a number of statutory factors, including the length of the marriage, income differential, earning capacity, accustomed lifestyle during marriage, career sacrifices such as raising the children, current status as custodial parent, and age and health of the parties. The bottom line is need for support and the other party's ability to pay.

25 Years Of Experience In Divorce Settlements And Litigation

Steven Martino is a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney* and an Early Settlement Panelist. In his experience, it is rarely worthwhile to contest alimony because of the cost and uncertainty of litigation. Our role is to make sure the court has accurate information about incomes and standard of living and to put our client in the best position going forward. An alimony award can be used by either party to barter for other matters such as the house, retirement funds or debts of the marriage.

To find out where you stand, call 973-498-8787 or contact us online to arrange a consultation with the Essex County divorce alimony attorneys of Iacullo Martino, LLC.

* Certified as a specialist in Matrimonial Law by the Board on Attorney Certification of the New Jersey Supreme Court.