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New Jersey divorce: Breadwinners hit with permanent alimony

Alimony can be a touchy subject for New Jersey women going through a divorce. One woman married when she was in her early 20s, but when she went through a divorce, she was required to pay $1,500 a month to her husband. She was the breadwinner in the relationship at that time, earning nearly double her husband's salary.

When she decided to file for divorce after a marriage of almost two decades, she was ordered to pay alimony for her husband who only worked on-and-off in the construction industry. Under New Jersey law, spouses with large differences in income can be required to pay alimony to the spouse who doesn't earn as much. While this may not seem to be such a terrible thing, sometimes permanent alimony is required, which forces spouses to pay out for many years.

A prominent attorney has stated that many women are extremely upset about being required to pay alimony to a husband they feel is not self-sufficient. While permanent alimony can be amended, some women are upset about having to pay it in the first place. They feel if they are in the workplace successfully making ends meet, their ex-husbands should be required to do the same.

After a New Jersey divorce, there are ways to seek an amendment to any order to pay permanent alimony. If the person required to pay spousal support suffers a reduction in income or retires, they can request a downward modification. If the spouse receiving alimony gets remarried, then the payments could be stopped. Men or women in this situation have many legal options available. Seeking assistance for an amendment could help lower or even halt required alimony payments.

Source: WABC-TV, "More women paying alimony to ex-husbands," Darla Miles, Sept. 25, 2012

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