Alimony, also known as spousal support, is an essential aspect of many divorce proceedings. It provides financial support to a spouse who may be unable to support themselves independently following a divorce. In New Jersey, there are different types of alimony, each with its specific purpose and duration.
Being aware of the different types of alimony can help you better understand your rights and obligations during the divorce process.
Limited duration alimony
Limited duration alimony is a temporary form of spousal support awarded for a specific period. It is typically granted when one spouse needs financial assistance to become self-sufficient but does not require permanent support. The court will determine the duration of this type of alimony based on factors such as the length of the marriage, the supported spouse’s earning capacity and the time it may take for the supported spouse to acquire the necessary education or training for self-sufficiency.
Rehabilitative alimony aims to help a spouse become self-sufficient by providing financial support while they obtain the necessary education or training to reenter the workforce. This type of alimony is short-term and typically lasts only as long as the supported spouse needs to complete their education or training.
The courts award Reimbursement alimony in cases where one spouse financially supported the other during the marriage while they pursued an education or training that increased their earning capacity. The purpose of reimbursement alimony is to compensate the supporting spouse for their financial contributions made during the marriage.
Understanding the various types of alimony in New Jersey can help you better navigate the divorce process and ensure that you are aware of your rights and obligations.