Spousal Support: What Are Your Rights and Obligations?

During a marriage, both parties growi-alimony accustomed to a certain lifestyle. In some households, that means one spouse brings home the money, and the other spouse focuses on raising the children and maintaining the home. In some situations, one spouse may work extra hours so the other spouse can go to school.

To help both parties maintain the standard of living they grew accustomed to during the marriage, alimony (also called spousal maintenance) may be awarded to one party. Alimony is financial support that one party pays to the other during or after the divorce. If you are wondering whether you will receive alimony or how much support you will be expected to pay, it is important to work with a Mount Holly alimony attorney who can protect your financial interests throughout the process. When you contact Fridie Law Group L.L.C., that is exactly what you will find.

Understanding the Types of Alimony

Although spousal support payments vary from one divorce to the next, the factors used to determine whether support will be awarded are the same. The length of the marriage, the marital lifestyle and the earning capabilities of each party are the main factors considered when support is being determined. Based on those and other factors, the courts determine which type of support is most appropriate:

  • Permanent alimony: When a couple has been married for a long time and there is no education or training that would allow an economically disadvantaged spouse to maintain a lifestyle similar to the one the couple enjoyed while married, permanent alimony would be appropriate.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: Rehabilitative alimony is awarded to individuals who undergo short-term financial hardships to obtain education or training.
  • Limited duration alimony: Limited duration alimony is appropriate when individuals are obtaining education or training that will allow them to eventually live a lifestyle similar to the one enjoyed during marriage.

Contact Attorney James Fridie to Learn More

Attorney James Fridie works with clients throughout Trenton, Burlington County, and central and southern New Jersey in family law matters. Contact him online or call 856-291-0504 to schedule your free initial consultation to gain a better understanding of your financial rights and responsibilities after a marriage ends. (Some exclusions to the free initial consultation apply.)