New Jersey still awards alimony when appropriate given the factors in a case. Either party can request alimony. There are five types of alimony that can be awarded: temporary (pendente lite) limited duration, rehabilitative, reimbursement, or open duration alimony. There is no set formula to determine the amount of alimony. Instead, the amount is based on 14 factors outlined by statute. Recent revisions to the alimony law put a cap on alimony such that for marriages of twenty (20) years or less, the alimony award cannot be longer than the length of marriage. Alimony awards can be modified and/or terminated upon the retirement of the spouse paying alimony if at full retirement age. If seeking to retire earlier, the paying spouse would have the burden of proving retirement is reasonable and made in good faith. Finally, alimony could be suspended or terminated if the party receiving support cohabits with another person.
The full list of factors include: (1)The actual need and ability of the parties to pay; (2)The duration of the marriage or civil union; (3)The age, physical and emotional health of the parties; (4)The standard of living established in the marriage or civil union and the likelihood that each party can maintain a reasonably comparable standard of living, with neither party having a greater entitlement to that standard of living than the other; (5)The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills, and employability of the parties; (6)The length of absence from the job market of the party seeking maintenance; (7)The parental responsibilities for the children; (8)The time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment, the availability of the training and employment, and the opportunity for future acquisitions of capital assets and income; (9)The history of the financial or non-financial contributions to the marriage or civil union by each party including contributions to the care and education of the children and interruption of personal careers or educational opportunities; (10) 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; (11) The income available to either party through investment of any assets held by that party; (12) 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 non-taxable payment; (13) The nature, amount, and length of pendente lite support paid, if any; and (14) Any other factors which the court may deem relevant.