Advocates for change are represented by a group called New Jersey Alimony Reform which, according to its Website, is “dedicated to changing New Jersey’s harsh and outdated alimony laws to be fair and reasonable.” They point to Massachusetts which, in 2011, enacted changes to that State’s alimony laws. Among other things, they want an end to permanent alimony and the establishment of New Jersey Alimony Guidelines as well as a formula to limit the amount and duration of alimony.
On the other hand, many New Jersey divorce lawyers believe that the current New Jersey alimony laws work well and should not be changed. They argue that the facts of each case are unique and that the current New Jersey alimony laws provide New Jersey Family Court judges with the discretion to achieve a result which is fair in that particular case.
Those New Jersey divorce lawyers say that, if the New Jersey alimony laws are changed, judges will be stripped of that discretion and the result will be an unfair “cookie-cutter” approach which ignores the facts of each case.
In June 2012, the New Jersey Assembly voted to establish a blue-ribbon commission to study the State’s alimony laws, but that process has stalled in the New Jersey Senate. Another bill, which was introduced a year ago and would clarify when New Jersey Family Courts can modify existing alimony awards, is also stalled in the New Jersey Legislature.
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