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What do courts consider when making an alimony decision?

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:

Is it time to modify your custody agreement?

When you divorce and petition the court for custody, you make the best arrangements for your children that you can at the time. The court is guided by the best interests of the children, and those interests, by necessity, change over time.

What that frequently means is that a custody judgment will need to be modified by the court at some future point.

How could the new tax plan affect my alimony payments?

People on both sides of the aisle have positive and negative feelings about the new GOP-proposed tax plans working through Congress. Regardless of those feelings, a new tax plan appears to be on the horizon, as the House and Senate plans both passed.

Now, the two chambers of Congress will need to go into conference to work out the differences in the two bills. If they come to an agreement, they will need to pass the new version before President Donald Trump can sign it into law.

Does a new school year mean a review of custody?

As summer becomes only a memory of trips down the shore, the heralding of a new school year is upon us. Whether your kids are heading off to elementary school or high school, each year brings new challenges—and new changes.

From football practice to dance lessons, new teachers and more homework, no two school years are the same. With all the moving parts, could fall be the time that you need to reevaluate your custody arrangements?

What to Do If Your Ex Husband Is Not Paying Alimony

If you were awarded alimony in your divorce settlement, your former spouse is required to make those payments as scheduled. We have attorneys who can help you take action if your ex is no longer fulfilling his or her legal obligation.

More couples splitting over political disagreements

Opposites attract - or do they? Married couples often have philosophical disagreements, but which ones are big enough to end the relationship? The political rancor in Washington D.C. appears to be never ending. Is the nation's political climate making personal disagreements harder to weather?

A new study shows that more couples than ever before, both married and unmarried, are ending their relationships due to political differences. Nationwide, 1 in 5 people said that a political disagreement has negatively impacted a relationship. This schism has led to 1 in 10 couples citing political differences as the reason for a split. The trend is even higher among Millennials, who split due to political differences at nearly twice the rate of older generations.

Can an alimony judgment be modified?

Divorce proceedings are generally difficult for everyone involved. A lot of the stress that comes with a divorce often comes from a feeling of powerlessness in the face of a judge's legally binding judgment. If a judgment seems to be unfair, you may be left wishing you had a way to change the outcome of the proceedings.

Fortunately for individuals who are in such circumstances, there are legal ways to appeal a judge's decision and to potentially change the final ruling. While the process of judgment modification can also be difficult, it can sometimes be worth the time and effort. The question then becomes, when can someone get a judgment modified?

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