The decision to seek a divorce can be an instantaneous reaction to a significant event, or it can be a slow process that unfolds over time. For some, contemplating divorce and planning a post-marriage existence can take years. Anyone in New Jersey on the verge of filing for divorce may want to think beyond the dissolution of the marriage and do what can be done to prepare for a future as unmarried individuals.
Divorce can often be a long and difficult road for those involved, but if an individual finds an aspect of the divorce unfair, it can create even more problems. However, if the actual state regulation or law regarding a certain topic is found unfair, it can create further problems and controversy for those going through a divorce in that state. Some in New Jersey are now attempting to change the state's regulations and laws regarding the payment of alimony.
Divorce can be a difficult process for those involved, but the financial aspect of divorce can be one of the most difficult topics for couples. The financial aspect of divorce can include the division of assets, child support and even alimony. For most of these items, there are clear guidelines as to how they are supposed to be carried out. However, in New Jersey, there is no time limit on when alimony can be paid after a divorce, but one law aims to change this.
The final agreement at the end of a divorce does not always leave both parties happy or content. Often, one individual feels like the agreement is unfair in some way and isn't happy with the final decision. In New Jersey, many individuals who have been involved in a divorce think that alimony is particularly unfair for the individual who must pay. These opinions are being voiced very loudly as many are demanding reformation of the clauses that include alimony.
Occasionally a couple that is legally married will separate, end up living in two houses and have no intention of ever filing for a divorce. This situation happens over a period of time, and it does occur in the state of New Jersey as well as the rest of America. Though many couples think that this is a safer route than splitting everything up and applying for a divorce, the opposite may actually be true.
When a married couple files for divorce, it is not uncommon for one spouse to have a better income and a better capacity to support his or herself financially. In these kinds of family law cases, New Jersey courts will often order the more financially successful spouse to pay the less affluent spouse alimony. However, in some areas of the United States, female ex-spouses are banding together, asking legislators for alimony reform.
Decades ago it was a foregone conclusion that the wife would stay home with the children and take care of the house while the husband went to work to earn the money. If a couple got a divorce, it was the man who paid alimony to his wife since she stayed at home. New Jersey couples understand that nowadays, it's not so cut and dry.
Alimony has been a hot button issue in the state of New Jersey for months now, especially with the possibility of alimony reform looming. A Feb. 8 blog posting didn't specifically address reform within the state, but instead focused on addressing alimony issues spouses across the country are currently experiencing. Couples who have gone through a divorce often find themselves struggling to keep up with alimony and child support payments, especially with the current state of the economy. One of the biggest issues with the state's alimony policy is that sometimes, even with a major life change, it is difficult for people to have their alimony payments lowered.
New Jersey alimony has been making headlines lately. One of the few states left to allow permanent alimony has placed the practice under a microscope and has some people crying foul. Those who receive permanent alimony after a divorce will receive a check for the rest of their lives, prompting some to forego work or even remarriage. Critics of the practice liken it to winning the lottery.