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Going through a divorce in New Jersey is not easy. It is often compounded by the financial strain it can put on you. This is especially true if in the process of the divorce the judge orders you to pay alimony. Luckily, this state has had some recent reform in this area. According to the official website for the state of New Jersey, the law changes on September 10, 2014, in regards to the length of time you have to pay alimony. Those who had court orders prior to the change date still follow the old rules unless there has been a modification to your agreement, you may follow the new guidelines.

If you are currently divorcing and get an order to pay alimony, the initial guideline for the court is to set a time limit for how long you will pay based on how long you were married. If your marriage lasted less than 20 years, then you cannot be made to pay support for longer than the number of years you were married. For example, if you were married five years, you will only pay for a maximum of five years.

You also have the option to request an end to your support obligation when you reach full retirement age. In addition, if your ex-spouse is in a new serious relationship that is marital in nature, meaning it is a committed relationship, you may also request to end payments. For this requirement, you need to show proof that the relationship is similar to a marriage, but keep in mind that your ex-spouse and his or her new partner do not have to live together. This information is for education and is not legal advice.