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Will I Have to Pay Alimony After Losing My Job in New Jersey?

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To learn more about your responsibilities for paying alimony after losing your job, read on and reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled Somerset County divorce attorney. Our legal team is on your side no matter what.

Do I have to continue paying alimony if I lost my job?

Keep in mind that New Jersey courts will ask a number of questions when determining whether or not the loss of employment should warrant an alimony modification. These questions will likely involve the following:

  • What was the reason for the loss of employment?
  • Is the individual able to physically and mentally obtain and retain employment?
  • What has the individual done in the meantime to find a replacement position or alternative means of income?
  • Did the individual receive and severance payment?
  • Has the individual been out of work for at least 90 days prior to seeking modification?

If you would like to order an alimony modification, it is in your best interest to retain the services of a skilled alimony attorney who will ensure that your interests, needs, and concerns are taken into account by the court. Our legal team is prepared to walk with you through each step of the process ahead. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our services and how we can best support you and your unique situations.

What job losses will not result in alimony modification?

It is important to understand that not every circumstance where one party loses their job will demand an alimony modification. In fact, quitting or voluntarily leaving a job is not considered an unexpected change in circumstances which is a critical legal requirement for any post-divorce modification.

Losing a job because of gross negligence or criminal wrongdoing can also prevent an alimony modification. Although, there have been some instances where the loss of a professional license has resulted in an alimony modification.

Remember that rehabilitative alimony can never be changed. A reduction in what the court has found to be owed between the parties will not be attested by any shift in circumstances. However, if the paying party loses their job, this can result in an extension of the time frame they are presented to compensate for what they owe.

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today if you have any further questions concerning how your job can affect your alimony obligations. Call us today to get started.

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