Resolving Alimony And Spousal Support Issues
One of the most commonly litigated family law issues is whether one party must pay alimony, or spousal support, to the other. The purpose of spousal support is to help balance the economic impact of a divorce in a way that one party does not suffer disproportionate harm or experience an unreasonable change in their standard of living. Alimony may be ordered for an unspecified period or set for a limited duration.
At the law firm of Laemers, Murphy & Neggia, LLC, our attorneys help those who are either requesting alimony or are being asked to make spousal support payments. Regardless of which side you are on, we will effectively assert and protect your interests.
Determining Support Amounts
Unlike child support, there are no clear guidelines to help determine how much support a party may expect to pay or receive. The court may take into account numerous factors when making a decision, including the length of the marriage, whether one party stayed home to raise children or to take care of the household, the earning potential of each party and other factors.
Can Alimony Payments Be Changed?
An order for spousal support is not set in stone. If the person who is making payments experiences a sudden loss of income, it may be possible to modify an alimony agreement. Spousal support may also be terminated if the party receiving payments remarries or is otherwise able to support themselves financially. The court must approve any modifications or requests for termination. Our lawyers can help with both modification and enforcement issues.
Contact Our Family Law Attorneys To Discuss Your Case
We provide comprehensive divorce representation. To find out more about how we can help you, call our law office at 973-869-5658. You may also contact us online. Located in Newton, we represent clients throughout Sussex County and surrounding areas of New Jersey.