Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Limited Duration Alimony Criteria Reaffirmed in NJ
The Court recently reaffirmed the principles behind an award of limited duration alimony. The wife worked in the husband’s medical practice as an office manager and administrator during the 9 year marriage. It was only toward the final years of the marriage that the parties began to enjoy affluence, after years of hard work to develop the business. During the marriage, the wife developed bipolar disorder and, at trial, obtained an employability expert to make the argument she was unable to work. The court considered that the wife did work during the marriage, even if it was limited to working in the husband’s office. The court further considered that, although the wife made claims of unemployability, the court was not convinced she was unable to work. The Appellate Court set forth the primary factors in consideration as the term of the marriage, the age of the supported spouse, and the short time during which the lavish lifestyle she wishes to continue existed during the marriage. In light of the factors set forth, the Court determined that limited duration alimony was appropriate, in spite of the husband’s substantial income at the time the marriage ended. If you are facing or considering a divorce, you should consult an experienced family law attorney in order to protect your rights. For more information on alimony/spousal support, divorce, dissolution of civil union or domestic partnership,child custody, child support or other family law matters in New Jersey visit HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes only and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney regarding your specific matter.