Pursuing Fair Alimony Agreements For Georgians
The purpose of alimony is to allow each spouse to enjoy a standard of living that is as close as possible to the standard of living they enjoyed during their marriage. The Georgia courts look at overall income but may need reminders about expenses and personal needs. High levels of conflict are common in alimony negotiations.
The legal team at Law Offices of J. P. Reilly, JR., Esquire PC has negotiated alimony arrangements in New Jersey for more than 15 years. Whether you are being asked to pay alimony or are negotiating to receive alimony, attorney John P. Reilly has the knowledge and experience to negotiate a fair agreement for you.
Determining Alimony Payment Amounts
Calculating alimony is not an exact science. The assets and income of each divorcing couple are unique and demand close inspection. However, there are several main factors that judges consider when calculating an appropriate alimony payment, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The relative income of each spouse
- The needs of each spouse
The spouse being asked to pay will typically complain that alimony is either unnecessary or set too high. The legal team at the Law Offices of J. P. Reilly, JR., Esquire PC will make sure that you get the alimony you need.
Types Of Alimony
There are five different types of alimony in New Jersey. Depending on the circumstances of your marriage and the income of your spouse, you may be granted more than one type of alimony.
Pendente lite: This is temporary alimony that is meant to help cover your basic cost of living until the divorce is final. New Jersey no longer has permanent alimony; open durational alimony took its place.
Open durational: This is long-term alimony that is assumed to end when the recipient retires. The payee can request that payments stop before retirement, but they must petition the court and present evidence to support their request.
Limited durational: This form of alimony sets an end date for alimony payments from the beginning. By law, the number of monthly payments cannot exceed the number of months the marriage lasted.
Rehabilitation alimony: This is meant to help spouses become self-sufficient after the divorce. This is typically used while a spouse is pursuing a job, an educational degree or other training to secure a job.
Reimbursement alimony: This is designed to compensate spouses who contributed to their spouse’s education or training but did not benefit financially from that contribution because the marriage did not last long enough.
There is no minimum required length of a marriage to qualify for alimony. If the spouse receiving alimony gets remarried, alimony automatically ends.