Spousal Support: What You Need To Know
Spousal support is paid by one spouse to the other after a marriage has ended. It is not a reward, nor is it meant to punish the spouse who makes support payments. The purpose of spousal support is to allow each person to maintain a lifestyle, to the extent possible, similar to that existing during the marriage.
Whether you are seeking spousal maintenance or if you think you may be responsible for spousal maintenance, our experienced family law attorneys at Lofaro & Headley, LLC, in Hoboken, New Jersey, can represent your best interests during negotiations or in court so you get a fair judgment.
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There are different types of spousal maintenance that a family court judge can award:
- Temporary spousal support lasts for a certain period of time and then stops. This is usually ordered to help a spouse rebuild financially.
- Permanent spousal maintenance lasts until the spouse receiving support gets remarried or when either spouse dies. The court may also terminate permanent spousal support if circumstances change. Permanent alimony is common in long-term marriages where there is unequal earning ability between the spouses, and the dependent spouse is unable to earn enough income to maintain a lifestyle comparable to that enjoyed during the marriage.
- Rehabilitative spousal support provides support to a dependent spouse for training or additional education that will help this spouse support himself or herself. Unlike temporary spousal support, rehabilitative spousal support may be awarded in combination with permanent spousal support. Rehabilitative spousal support also can be extended in some instances.
Spousal maintenance may be modified or reviewed if certain situations arise. Circumstances that may warrant a change in support include, drastic financial changes, re-marriage, etc.
With the help of our Hoboken spousal support lawyers, you can get your spousal maintenance issues resolved effectively and cost-efficiently.