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Not every New Jersey divorce that proceeds through the courts of the state will involve an award of spousal supports. Alimony involves the payment of money from one party to a divorce to the other after the divorce has been finalized. There are several different forms of alimony that New Jersey courts may award those who ask for it, but readers should be aware that not every request for alimony will be honored with an order.

For example, if a court finds that the requesting party does not actually need post-divorce financial support, it may reject the request and deny an award. In situations where the parties to a divorce both earn sufficient incomes and equally contributed to the financial success of their marriage, it may be difficult to determine how one party will be more financially disadvantaged than the other by their divorce.

It is less likely that short-term marriages that end in divorce will yield alimony awards than long-term ones, and marriages where neither party gave up career opportunities for the benefit of the other party may not justify awards of alimony. However, readers should know that every request for alimony will be reviewed on its own merits, and it is therefore not possible for a reader to glean any specific legal guidance from this informational post.

Awards of alimony can be temporary, rehabilitative or long-term. The needs of the recipient party will often dictate how long the alimony must be provided, and individuals who cannot work or suffer from disabilities may be permitted long-term awards due to their conditions. More information on how to request alimony pursuant to a divorce should be sought from a trusted family law attorney. This will ensure they are well informed and take proper action to protect his or her rights.