In New Jersey, alimony or spousal support is available to either the husband or wife depending on which spouse was the primary breadwinner and which was the dependent. Alimony is meant to balance the standards of living so that one spouse is not unfairly enriched at the expense of the other. But New Jersey has received much criticism for permitting lifetime or permanent alimony for marriages as short as ten years in duration. Once the court has entered an order for permanent alimony, it is extremely difficult to obtain a modification, even if the payer experiences severe economic reversals. With so much at stake in an alimony petition, a party to divorce must retain an experienced attorney with a record of solid representation on this issue. Based in Newark, The Anthony Pope Law Firm has more than 30 years of experience advocating for fair and balanced alimony awards throughout New Jersey.



New Jersey amended its alimony laws in 1999. The new law provides for four types of alimony:

  • Limited duration alimony – For a set period of time determined by the court
  • Permanent alimony – For the lifetime of the recipient spouse, and the court may even require the payer spouse to carry life insurance to guarantee continued income to the recipient spouse
  • Reimbursement alimony – To compensate a spouse who supported the other through an advanced degree program, anticipating a share in the fruits of the latter’s increased earning potential
  • Rehabilitative alimony – Paid until a dependent spouse completes job training or a degree program to enter the job market
  • In determining how much, if any, alimony to award, the court considers the following factors:
  • The actual need and ability of the parties to pay
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age, physical and emotional health of the parties
  • The standard of living established in the marriage and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living
  • The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills and employability of the parties
  • The length of absence from the job market and custodial responsibilities for children of the party seeking alimony
  • The parental responsibilities for the children
  • The time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find appropriate employment, the availability of the training and employment, and the opportunity for future acquisitions of capital assets and income
  • The history of the financial or nonfinancial contributions to the marriage by each party including contributions to the care and education of the children and interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities
  • The equitable distribution of property ordered and any payouts on equitable distribution, directly or indirectly, out of current income, to the extent this consideration is reasonable, just and fair
  • The income available to either party through investment of any assets held by that party
  • The tax treatment and consequences to both parties of any alimony award, including the designation of all or a portion of the payment as a nontaxable payment
  • Any other factors which the court may deem relevant

The stakes are high and the law gives the court broad discretion to accept or reject arguments by either side. With so much riding on your attorney’s presentation, make sure you have the best lawyer available arguing your case. Anthony Pope has successfully represented clients in Newark and throughout Essex County, as well as in Jersey City.

Contact a knowledgeable New Jersey alimony lawyer for your financial security

The Anthony Pope Law Firm can make a compelling case in your alimony dispute. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 973.536.2346 or contact us online.