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Category: Alimony

There is More to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Besides the Changes to the Deductibility of Alimony

Many couples made it a priority to settle their divorce cases prior to December 31, 2018 to protect the paying spouse’s ability to deduct alimony which changed effective January 1, 2019 as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (hereafter the “Act”).  While this was certainly the most widely known change […]

Why You Should Consider Owning a Life Insurance Policy on Your Former Spouse

When divorcing, it is common practice for parties to secure their alimony and/or child support obligations by agreeing to carry a certain amount of life insurance. Problems can occur, however, when one spouse does not maintain the life insurance policy and does not disclose that he/she has allowed the life insurance policy to lapse.

I Think My Ex-Spouse Is Cohabiting. Can I Stop Paying Alimony?

Under New Jersey law, one of the circumstances which can suspend or terminate the obligation to pay alimony is if your former spouse cohabits with another person. However, if your ex-spouse is trying to hide his/her relationship, you need to be careful in how you react. You should take several steps to help you determine […]

How Are My Contributions to the Marriage Used in Determining Alimony?

Alimony is a sensitive and stressful issue with both sides often disputing what may be owed under the law. For spouses who may have limited education or job skills, or who left the workforce to raise children, it can be particularly difficult. They don’t want to be penalized because they made less money during the […]

What Couples Need to Know About 2019 Changes in Tax Treatment of Alimony

Effective January 1, 2019, new federal tax laws go into effect which significantly impact alimony. Under long-standing tax law, alimony has been tax deductible for the person paying it and taxable income for the person receiving it.

Divorce for Irreconcilable Differences Simplifies Process in New Jersey

When filing for divorce, a party must identify the underlying basis, known as a cause of action, to justify why he/she is entitled to a divorce. These causes of action include both “fault” and “no fault” grounds. Historically, the only “no fault” cause of action was eighteen months separation, while the “fault” based actions included […]

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