The state of New Jersey offers certain ex-spouses the right to right to receive alimony payments from the other spouse to help make financial ends meet after a marriage comes to an end. The purpose of these alimony payments is usually a temporary means of financial support to pay for living costs and education costs. In most cases, alimony serves as a financial bridge so that the less-moneyed spouse can become economically independent.
When making a decision on alimony, New Jersey family law courts will look at a variety of factors to determine whether a spouse should receive alimony, how much those alimony payments will be and how long they will last. Here are the most important factors courts consider when making an alimony determination: