Do I Have to Continue Paying Alimony if my Ex Gets Remarried?

If you pay alimony and your ex remarries, you may be wondering whether you have to continue making alimony payments. Read on to learn more about terminating alimony in New Jersey.

Different types of alimony

There are different types of alimony for different situations. The most common types include:

  • Open durational alimony: This is reserved for couples who were married for more than 20 years.
  • Limited durational alimony: This is an option for couples who were married less than 20 years. The alimony obligation period should not be longer than the length of the marriage.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: This type of alimony is for the spouse who put his or her career on hold while the other spouse pursued education or work.
  • Reimbursement alimony: This type of alimony exists to pay back one spouse who financially supported the other while they pursued their education or training during the marriage.

How is the length of alimony determined?

The length of time you are required to pay alimony depends on a number of factors, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of each party
  • The earning capacity of each party
  • The needs of the spouse who is dependent
  • The independent party’s ability to provide support for the dependent party
  • Whether the dependent party has had a significant absence from the job market
  • The equitable distribution of property
  • Each spouse’s parental responsibility for any children they may have
  • The standard of living that the couple established during the course of the marriage
  • Whether there is any income available from investments
  • Whether there are any tax implications from spousal support payments

How does alimony end?

It is important to understand that you cannot stop paying alimony without permission from the court. Alimony may be altered in the event of a major increase or decrease in either party’s financial situation. If the dependent spouse remarries, alimony payments will end.

If you have any questions or concerns about alimony payments in New Jersey, reach out to our firm to discuss your options with an experienced divorce attorney. We will advocate for you throughout every step of the process.

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