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What is Rehabilitative Alimony in New Jersey?

Morris County NJ Divorce AttorneysFor spouses going through a divorce, the issue of alimony and spousal support is common. However, many people do not realize that there are actually five types of alimony agreements pursuant to New Jersey divorce law. In addition to the common limited duration alimony and open duration alimony, there is also reimbursement alimony, temporary alimony during divorce, and rehabilitative alimony. Today, our alimony attorneys will be defining rehabilitative alimony, discussing how it can fit into a larger overall alimony agreement, and outline some scenarios and potential complications which may come into play.

Morris County, NJ Divorce Attorneys Define Rehabilitative Alimony

Of the five types of alimony, rehabilitative alimony and reimbursement alimony are the most specific. Rehabilitative alimony is generally awarded for short term marriages which allows financial consideration for a spouse who may not be prepared for life as a financially independent individual. While there is no hard and fast rule, rehabilitative alimony is awarded most frequently when marriages lasted between three (3) and six (6) years. Your Morris County divorce attorney may recommend rehabilitative alimony when a spouse needs short term financial assistance to help get back on their feet.

Another part of why rehabilitative alimony is so specialized comes down to how the money is meant to be spent. Rehabilitative alimony is intended to improve the recipient’s employability, level of education, level of training, and so forth. Support payments are commonly used to enroll in higher education courses at trade schools, universities, community colleges, or to pursue a certification. In other words, rehabilitative alimony payments are intended to help a former spouse prepare for or improve his or her career.

Can I Receive More than One Form of Alimony in New Jersey?

Our Morris County alimony and spousal support attorneys have seen some cases where multiple forms of alimony were awarded within a single alimony agreement. It is possible for a former spouse to receive both rehabilitative alimony and reimbursement alimony or limited duration alimony. It is much less likely that an alimony agreement would contain terms for rehabilitative and open duration alimony however. This is due to the fact that rehabilitative alimony’s purpose is to provide the recipient with the opportunity to make enough money as to no longer require alimony. Combining this with the more permanent open duration alimony makes little sense.

Finally, temporary alimony is considered on its own as temporary agreements terminate upon the finalization of your divorce. The nature of your alimony agreement will reflect the unique nature of your marriage and your divorce. By working with a qualified Morris County alimony attorney, you and your spouse can come to a reasonable alimony agreement which will protect the future of both parties.

Chester Rehabilitative Alimony Lawyers Discuss Extension of Alimony

As discussed above, the purpose of rehabilitative alimony is to allow a dependent spouse the opportunity to improve their career and therefore their finances. This then begs the question: what if the rehabilitation period is unsuccessful? In some cases, even after the rehabilitative alimony period has ended, the receiving party may be struggling financially, unable to find appropriate work, and may still be in financial need. In these cases, your Chester rehabilitative alimony lawyer may recommend a best course of action based on the reason why the rehabilitation period was ineffective.

Let us take two common examples:

The rehabilitative alimony recipient squanders the alimony payments. Let us first examine the scenario where the dependent party chose to spend alimony payments on items unrelated to career advancement. In this case, a request to extend alimony payments will almost certainly be denied. The recipient did not take advantage of, nor did they attempt to take advantage of the opportunity given to them through rehabilitative alimony.

The rehabilitative alimony recipient graduated or completed training and is struggling. On the other hand, it is quite possible that the recipient of rehabilitative alimony made a wholehearted effort through schooling, career training, or certification, and is still having a difficult time finding appropriate employment. In this situation, it is quite possible for alimony to be extended as necessary to accommodate further training, education, etc.

Contact our Morristown Rehabilitative Alimony Attorneys Today

The alimony and spousal support attorneys of Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark take pride in protecting the legal rights of clients from local Morris County communities including Harding, Mendham, Morris Township, Morristown, Chester, Chatham, and all of Northern New Jersey. Our qualified and experience legal team come from diverse legal backgrounds, but all focus on exclusively divorce and family law matters. This unique, yet focused perspective allows us to provide ethical, high quality, and up-to-date legal service. We handle all manner of family law and divorce legal concerns including alimony, child custodychild supportmarital agreementsdomestic violence, and much more.

Please contact us online or call our Morristown, NJ office today at (973) 828-0829 for a free and confidential consultation with a member of our qualified legal team regarding your alimony or any other family law questions and concerns.

The National Economy and Divorce

It may come as no surprise, but divorce can be a costly endeavor. Since 2000, data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau has shown a dramatic correlation between the health of the national economy and the national divorce rate. Researchers have many theories as to why these two go hand in hand, but it primarily boils down to economic… Continue Reading

Fox News Host to Divorce After Workplace Affair

Fox News host Jesse Watters has been served divorce papers after entering into an adulterous relationship with a co-worker. Noelle Watters, Jesse’s wife, filed for divorce this past October after learning about the extramarital affair. Jesse Watters is a regular on Fox News on his own show Watters’ World and as a guest on The Spin Stops Here Tour 2017 alongside… Continue Reading

How Much Will My Divorce Cost?

Understandably, one of our Morris County divorce clients’ main concerns is that of the cost of their divorce. Unlike personal injury law for example, where most attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, New Jersey Court Rules prohibit divorce attorneys from charging their clients in such a fashion. This means that divorce attorneys instead need… Continue Reading

Divorce: Changing Your Perspective and Improving Your Life

While the word “divorce” certainly carries a somewhat negative connotation in our society, the fact of the matter is that a divorce is often an extremely healthy thing for a person involved in an unhappy or angry relationship to pursue. Certainly, some divorces will be “easier” than others depending on the method used (alternative dispute… Continue Reading

Should I Try to Save My Marriage, or File for a Divorce?

When working with our Morris County divorce clients, one of the most common questions they have for us is if we think they should actually pursue a divorce, or try to save their marriage. Unfortunately, there is usually no easy or one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Of course, if one partner has a new romantic… Continue Reading

How Does College Affect Child Support Payments in New Jersey?

With college costs and student debt rising, young Americans are graduating from college with more debt than ever before. In fact, the average college graduate in 2015 had a student loan debt of approximately $35,000 on their shoulders, according to Edvisors. In addition, nearly 71% of graduates who earn a bachelor’s degree will have some… Continue Reading

Must I Litigate My New Jersey Divorce?

One of the many misconceptions surrounding the process of divorce is the belief that a Court must decide all issues arising in your case. In essence, clients believe that they are not at liberty to make important decisions regarding child custody, parenting time, child support, and equitable distribution, because that is the role of the… Continue Reading

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