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Will I Still Have to Pay for Alimony If My Ex Remarries? | What to Know

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If you would like to learn more about whether or not you will have to pay alimony after your former spouse remarries, it is in your best interest to reach out to our firm today to speak with a skilled Somerset County alimony attorney. Our legal team is on your side.

What are the different types of alimony in New Jersey?

There are a number of different types of alimony in New Jersey that you should be aware of before exploring how remarriage can affect alimony. Below are the various kinds of alimony that can be acquired in New Jersey:

  • Limited Duration Alimony: This refers to alimony that remains for a pre-determined amount of time and automatically ends on the date ordered by the courts or the date agreed upon by the parties.
  • Open Durational Alimony: If parties had a long-term marriage (20 years or more) and one spouse is unlikely to be able to support him or herself in the lifestyle the couple had during the marriage, the lower-earning spouse may receive alimony indefinitely.
  • Rehabilitative Alimony: This type of alimony bridges the gap for a spouse that needs time, education, or training to renter the workforce and become self-supporting.
  • Reimbursement Alimony: Reimbursement support is provided to a spouse who gave up their own career goals to help their spouse to achieve theirs. It compensates the lower-earning spouse for their sacrifice.
  • Pendente Lite or temporary support: Temporary support enables the lower-earning spouse during the divorce process. If you are incapable of reaching an agreement on the terms of temporary support while your divorce is pending, you will need to go to court.

Does cohabitation affect alimony?

Alimony can be affected if one spouse finds another partner. However, unless it is expressly noted in a divorce settlement or judgment, cohabitation alone, may not be sufficient to end alimony payments. But, the paying spouse can ask the court to lower, or perhaps terminate, alimony if their ex-spouse’s new partner contributes to the household expenses.

How is alimony affected after a spouse remarries?

The majority of the time, when the paying spouse remarries, he or she will continue to provide alimony for an unmarried ex-spouse. If the supported spouse remarries, New Jersey law concludes alimony as soon as their marriage or civil union is official. If alimony is being paid through probation and/or the supporting spouse’s wages are garnished, the independent spouse will be required to file a motion in court. Note that there are a few exceptions when it comes to alimony after an ex-spouse remarries. Reach out to our experienced Somerset County divorce attorney to learn more.

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