Alimony Modification Attorneys, Brielle NJ

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Many of the post-divorce alimony modifications requiring court intervention involve changes in circumstances of either party. When appropriate, New Jersey courts will recognize the need for renewed assessment of the original court orders, and have developed a body of law that sets precedents for factors to be considered when making modifications.

 

There are various legitimate reasons for modifying, reducing, or terminating New Jersey alimony payments.

 

These reasons can include:

• Significant changes in your employment or that of your spouse
• Remarriage of recipient spouse
• Retirement from your profession

• Cohabitation 
• Illness or injury which affects ability to pay
• Changes in cost of living
• Other significant changes affecting ability to pay

 

In order for a modification to be considered, the court must deem any of these a “substantial change in circumstances.” Meaning, the change must be substantial enough to have a significant impact on the financial needs of the recipient spouse or on the paying spouse’s ability to pay the current amount.

Additionally, the change in circumstances must generally be of a nature that was unanticipated at the time the alimony order in the judgment was calculated. One cannot simply retire in the year following a divorce and expect to have sufficient ground to request an alimony modification. The court will most likely determine that such a change should have been contemplated at the time of the divorce.

 

It is also imperative for those seeking a modification to understand that changes in income will be considered only if they were involuntary. Again, one cannot simply give up a lucrative medical practice the year after a divorce to follow their dream of writing fiction. The court will only consider income changes that are involuntary.

 

Burden of Proof

Someone seeking to modify or reduce their existing alimony order must show that the change in their financial situation leaves them unable to continue making the alimony payments as previously set forth. You must be able to show the court that the changes were both substantial and involuntary. Modifying or reducing alimony is a difficult process, which requires expert legal help.

 

Termination of alimony happens automatically when the recipient spouse remarries, and the supporting spouse is no longer required to keep making payments.

 

New Jersey Alimony Attorney

If you have questions about making post-divorce alimony modifications to your existing alimony order, our experienced New Jersey alimony attorneys can evaluate your situation and provide straightforward advice about whether an alimony modification or reduction is pragmatic given your situation. Contact the Law Offices of Sylvia S. Costantino today and let us assist you.

 

The New Jersey alimony lawyers at the Law Offices of Sylvia S. Costantino, Esq., LLC have successfully represented individuals and families throughout Monmouth, and Somerset Counties as well as surrounding areas in the State of New Jersey. Call us today at 1-732-741-2600 or fill out our contact form for more information.

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